Trump Would 'Strongly Consider' Closing Mosques
He says he 'would hate to do it'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2015 2:30 PM CST
In this Nov. 12, 2015, photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

(Newser) – Donald Trump went on MSNBC Monday to discuss issues related to the Paris terror attacks and ISIS, and he had some controversial ideas about steps he might take as president. "Well, I would hate to do it but it's something you're going to have to strongly consider," Trump said when asked whether he would consider a plan similar to France's interior minister's promise to shut down "mosques where hate is preached," CNN reports. Trump continued, "Some of the ideas and some of the absolute hatred is coming from these areas ... The hatred is incredible. It's embedded. The hatred is beyond belief. The hatred is greater than anybody understands."

Trump had started out by discussing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's decision to put a stop to a covert NYPD program that had previously carried out surveillance on Muslim communities. "You're going to have to watch and study the mosques, because a lot of talk is going on at the mosques," Trump said. "Under the old regime we had tremendous surveillance going on in and around the mosques of New York City."
 

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