GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump says that the United States will have to accept some of the refugees fleeing the chaos in Syria.
Appearing Tuesday on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” Trump said he does worry that some in the group could be terrorists and said a screening process will be needed.
“But something has to be done,” he said. “It’s an unbelievable humanitarian problem.”
His words likely sound in contrast to some of the critics of his illegal immigration policy. Trump proposes building a large wall across the U.S.-Mexico border and has said all illegal immigrants should leave the country, then apply to re-enter legally.
Trump told O’Reilly that the rise in Europe of Middle Eastern immigrants has made the continent “a much different place.
“I’m not sure that’s what they want,” he added, but stressed that the refugees can’t be ignored on humanitarian grounds.
He blamed the crisis on President Barack Obama, who said in 2012 that Syrian President Basher Assad would cross a “red line” if he used chemical weapons. When Assad crossed the line, Obama did nothing.
Trump said he would have taken action against Assad.
“But, you know, it’s living in hell in Syria, there is no question about it,” Trump said.