Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he would be in favor of restoring the PATRIOT Act.
Appearing on the Hugh Hewitt Show on Tuesday, Trump said, “When you have the world looking at us and would like to destroy us as quickly as possible, I err on the side of security.” (RELATED: Trump On NSA Data Collection: ‘I Err On The Side Of Security’ [VIDEO])
Hewitt asked Trump to comment on the “big debate between [crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore] and [crscore]Marco Rubio[/crscore]. … On meta-data collection, Ted Cruz is glad that the NSA got out of it, Marco Rubio wants it back. What’s Donald Trump think?”
“Well, I tend to err on the side of security, I must tell you,” explained Trump. “I’ve been there for longer than you would think. But you know when you have people that are beheading our — if you’re a Christian, and frankly for lots of other reasons — when you have the world looking at us and would like to destroy us as quickly as possible, I err on the side of security. And so that’s the way it is. That’s the way I’ve been, and some people like that frankly, and some people don’t like that.”
“I’m not just saying that you know since Paris, I’m saying for quite some time. I assume when I pick up my telephone, people are listening to my conversations anyway, if you what to know the truth,” said Trump. “It’s pretty sad commentary, but I err on the side of security.”
Hewitt followed up, “So you would be in favor of restoring the Patriot Act?”
“I think that would be fine, as far as I’m concerned. That would be fine,” explained Trump.