Sunday, January 3, 2016

Donald Trump not too bothered by appearance in terrorist recruitment video

Donald Trump not too bothered by appearance in terrorist recruitment video; still defends call for Muslim ban on 'Face The Nation'

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Sunday, January 3, 2016, 9:20 AM

Donald Trump isn’t too bothered by his starring role in an Islamic terror group’s recruitment video — and it hasn’t worked wonders for his views on Muslims, either.
On "Face the Nation" Sunday morning, the loudmouth GOP presidential front-runner brushed off his recent appearance in a propaganda clip from Al Shabab, a Somalia group affiliated with Al Qaeda.
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The video, released several days ago, prominently features Trump’s insistence in December on a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering America — a proposal that proved one of the most controversial remarks of his crazed campaign.
But when asked about the video, Trump only doubled down on his inflammatory views.
“Look, there’s a problem,” he said on “Face the Nation.”
“Other people call me up and say, ‘Look, you have guts to bring it up because frankly, it’s true, but nobody wants to get involved.’ Now people are getting involved...Maybe it’s not politically correct. There’s a big problem out there and we have to solve the problem.”
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He all but shrugged about his cameo in the popular propaganda clip.
“I mean, they use other people too,” he said.






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The recruitment video from Al Shabab shows old footage of the group's slain leader, Anwar al-Awlaki (left) along with Donald Trump's speech demanding a ban on Muslims (right).

“I mean, what am I going to do? I have to say what I have to say. And you know what I have to say? There’s a problem.”
The terror video had no impact on Trump’s reigning status as the leading GOP candidate.
Elsewhere in his video, Trump continued criticizing Obama's expected executive action on gun control, instead blaming "a tremendous mental health problem" on America's mass shooting epidemic.
But he saved his most severe slams for Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, accusing her of causing "tremendous death with incompetent decisions" as Secretary of State during the War on Terror.
Before the interview aired, Trump tweeted: "Al-Shabbab, not ISIS, just made a video on me — they all will as front-runner & if I speak out against them, which I must. Hillary lied!"
It's unclear what he was referring to in the Clinton swipe.
After Trump's first call to ban Muslims, Clinton called the blabbering billionaire "ISIS' best recruiter."
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