Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on CNN Sunday that he had friends who are Muslim while he defended not speaking out against a town hall audience member who asked about a “training camp” for Muslims.
During the town hall in New Hampshire, the audience member also said that President Obama was a Muslim. Trump was criticized for not defending Obama and Muslims to the audience member.
CNN “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper asked Trump on Sunday if he had a responsibility to “call out the hatred.”
“Well we could be politically correct, if you want, but are you trying to say we don’t have a problem,” Trump said. “I think everybody would agree. I have friends that are Muslims. They’re great people, amazing people. And most Muslims, like most everything, I mean they’re fabulous people, but we certainly do have a problem.”
Tapper asked him to clarify what the “problem” was.
“Well, you have radicals that are doing things,” Trump replied. “It wasn’t people from Sweden that blew up the world trade center, Jake.”