Trump On Brussels: ‘We Don’t Learn’

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In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Brussels, GOP front-runner Donald Trump went on Fox & Friends Tuesday to give his take on the situation, stating, “I think it’s absolutely horrible.”

“Brussels was a beautiful city,” the presidential candidate stated. “Now [it’s] a disaster city. In the United States we have to be vigilant about who we allow into this country,” said Trump.

The business mogul emphasized the need for reinforced border security so as to prevent terrorist attacks and told Fox & Friends’ hosts that, “We have to be smarter in the United States. We are taking in people without real documentation. We don’t know where they’re from, who they are. You look at it from any standpoint, they could be ISIS, ISIS-related. We don’t learn, we just don’t learn.”

When asked about his opinion on the attacks a s a business leader, Trump elaborated, “This whole thing will get worse as time gets by. Brussels is in really bad shape and many cities will be this way with what’s taking place. It’s really the policies of people who don’t know what they’re doing. They see what’s happening and they allow it to happen.”

One of the Trump campaign’s newly announced foreign policy advisers and frequent Fox News guest Dr. Walid Phares stated that to target a metro stop near multiple European Union buildings was “highly, highly symbolic and extremely strategic. It is used by workers, staffers and members of the European Commission, by NATO.”

Dr. Phares went on to state that this terrorist attack was “not just against Brussels but against the Western World. You have two capitals: you have Washington and you have Brussels.” When asked how he would advise a potential President Trump about how to deal with this, Dr. Phares said, “Definitely we are going to be focusing on understanding the threat. I think everybody in the national security business is doing this for campaigns or government in the future. Basically we don’t know who is a jihadist and who is not so the next policy should be to actually work with NGOs and analyst to identify who these people are.”

Ultimately these sorts of attacks will keep happening according to Dr. Phares because “Short of having a ground force, that would be backed by a multinational force, we’re not going anywhere. ISIS cells will grow as long as there is a mother-ship.”

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