WASHINGTON, Jan 15 : Donald Trump refused to budge over his call to ban all Muslims from entering the US even as Republican presidential rivals questioned his controversial stance, with Jeb Bush wondering if the frontrunner also meant banning Muslims from countries like India and Indonesia which are strong allies of the US.
"I want security for this country. We have a serious problem with radical Islam. It's a problem all over the world," Trump said. "Are we going to ban Muslims from India, from Indonesia, from countries that our strong allies -- that we need to build better relationships with? Of course not. What we need to do is destroy ISIS," Bush said. "The other Arab countries have a role to play in this. We cannot be the world's policeman. We can't do this unilaterally. We have to do this in unison with the Arab world." Bush said amidst applause.
Senator Ted Cruz from Texas said, "If I'm elected president, we will not let in refugees from countries controlled by ISIS or Al Qaeda. we will utterly and completely destroy ISIS," Cruz said. Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton jumped into the debate via Twitter. "This is Muslim Americans' country too. The next president should know that and act like it," she said. "Let's be clear: Islam isn't our enemy. Hateful rhetoric against Muslims isn't just wrong it plays into terrorists' hands," Clinton said in a series of tweets as the seven top Republican presidential had a heated debate on Trump's idea of banning Muslims from entering the US. ?PTI