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Donald Trump traveled West this weekend where he continued to criticize his own party

Donald Trump: Profiling Muslims is 'common sense'

The United States should consider profiling Muslim Americans as part of a counter-terrorism strategy, Donald Trump said Sunday.

In a telephone interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation,” the presumptive Republican nominee said it was a “common-sense” approach already in use in other nations and one that should be considered here despite even his own reservations.

“I hate the concept of profiling. But we have to start using common sense, and we have to use our heads,” he said.

Trump alluded to security at his own campaign rallies, saying some people “that obviously had no guns” were being screened the same “as somebody else that looked like it could have been a possible person,” a thought he did not expand upon.

Referring to the gunman who killed 49 people at an Orlando, Fla., nightclub, Omar Mateen, Trump said there were “red flags” that were ignored because of “political correctness.”

There has been no evidence that "political correctness" played a role in the law enforcement scrutiny of Mateen. FBI officials said they investigated him on two occasions and both times determined that although he showed signs of anger and bluster, he did not appear to pose a threat.

Trump also spoke favorably of what he said was a policy in France to monitor mosques and in some cases shut them down.

"You have a problem. You have to report these people. And everybody knew this guy had a problem," he said in another interview on ABC's "This Week."

"They actually did report him and the authorities didn't act. And I think it's very unusual. And I'm a big fan of the FBI, but they had a little bit of a bad day."


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