In phone calls to US television shows, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said Brussels was a once beautiful place that had become a “disaster city” and an “armed camp” before today’s attacks, writes Amanda Holpuch.
He said such changes to the city, as in Paris, showed why the US should stop letting immigrants into the country.
Trump told Fox & Friends that if he were president, “I would close up our borders to people until we figure out what’s going on.”
If Trump were president today, he said he would give US citizens a “pep talk”.
The Today presenters asked Trump what he would do if, as in the case in Belgium, he had Salah Abdeslam, a suspect in last year’s Paris attacks, in custody.
“If they could expand the laws, I would do a lot more than waterboarding,” Trump said. “You have to get the information from people.”
We’ve come to expect stupid, divisive and generally incoherent (“pep talk” – is this an episode of the Brady Bunch where Greg dropped the game-winning pass?). But what about the rush to say it? We know almost nothing of what really happened, but Trump is there running his yap on every TV show that will have him. He exhibits the behavior of someone who’s never faced a serious situation in his life. Can you imagine the panic and chaos of a Trump Presidency the first time something bad happened?