With President Trump expected to sign sweeping executive orders this week that will bar Syrian refugees and impose shorter-term restrictions on all refugees and immigrants from a number of predominantly Muslim countries, there are fears that such actions could further fuel hatred of the United States and motivate Islamic State terrorists.
Trump scoffed at that concern during a lengthy interview with ABC News that aired late Wednesday evening.
“Anger? There’s plenty of anger right now. How can you have more?” Trump said when asked by ABC's David Muir if he's at all concerned that his actions could cause more anger among Muslims against the United States. “The world is a mess. The world is as angry as it gets. What? You think this is gonna cause a little more anger? The world is an angry place. All of this has happened.”
On the issue of immigration, Trump said he has yet to say how he plans to handle the so-called “dreamers,” the undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as children and were allowed by the Obama administration to lawfully remain here. Trump said he plans to release a policy at some point over the next month.
“They shouldn't be very worried. They are here illegally. They shouldn't be very worried,” Trump said. “I do have a big heart. We're going to take care of everybody … Where you have great people that are here that have done a good job, they should be far less worried.”
Trump said that the undocumented immigrants who should be most worried are those who have committed crimes and will be quickly deported.
At the beginning of the interview, Trump reiterated his pledge to make Mexico pay for "100 percent” of the wall that he wants to construct along the southern border, saying that he will soon begin those negotiations. The president said that planning for the wall will begin “immediately,” and he hopes construction will begin within months.
“We'll be reimbursed at a later date from whatever transaction we make from Mexico,” Trump said. “Now, I could wait a year, and I could hold off the wall. But I wanna build the wall. We have to build the wall. We have to stop drugs from pouring in. We have to stop people from just pouring into our country. We have no idea where they're from. And I campaigned on the wall. And it's very important. But that wall will cost us nothing.”