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Trump: The Constitution ‘Doesn’t Necessarily Give Us the Right to Commit Suicide as a Country’


Sunday on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” on the eve of the opening of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his selection as his running mate Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) appeared in the their first joint interview.

CBS’s Lesley Stahl pressed Pence on his disagreements with Trump, in particular his proposed temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States. Trump replied by addressing the constitutionality of that measure and said it could be based on territories instead.

“So you call it territories. OK?” Trump said. “We’re going to do territories. We’re going to not let people come in from Syria that nobody knows who they are. The Constitution — there’s nothing like it. But it doesn’t necessarily give us the right to commit suicide, as a country, OK? And I’ll tell you this: Call it whatever you want, change territories, but there are territories and terror states and terror nations that we’re not going to allow the people to come into our country. And we’re going to have a thing called ‘extreme vetting.’ And if people want to come in, there’s going to be extreme vetting.”

(h/t Politico)

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