The United States should take in some refugees from Syria, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Tuesday night.
“I hate the concept of it, but on a humanitarian basis, you have to,” Trump said in his first Fox News appearance in two weeks, appearing on “The O’Reilly Factor.”
“This was started by President Obama when he didn’t go in and do the job he should have when he drew the line in the sand, which turned out to be a very artificial line,” Trump said in reference to Obama’s red-line warning to Syrian leader Bashar Assad in 2013. “But you know, it’s living in hell in Syria. There’s no question about it. They’re living in hell, and something has to be done.”
Asked if he would have removed Assad, Trump said “something should have happened” after it was revealed that he used sarin gas on his own people.
“Probably, in retrospect, they should have gone in and done something with Assad. But you know, Assad is not our biggest problem because Assad and ISIS are actually fighting,” Trump explained. “So now what we’re doing is we’re fighting ISIS and ISIS wants to fight Assad. Some people could say, ‘Why don’t you just let them fight out and you take out the remnants?’”
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