Donald Trump has said Monday’s attacks in Berlin and Ankara proved he was right to propose curbing Muslim immigration in the US. When asked if the attacks had changed his stance on a “complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the US, the President-elect said he was “100% correct” over the proposal. Mr Trump added that the Berlin Christmas market lorry crash “was an attack on humanity and it’s got to be stopped”.
You know my plans. All along, I’ve been proven to be right. What’s happening is disgraceful.
During his Republican primary campaign, Mr Trump pledged to introduce a ban on Muslims entering the US “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on”. He claimed the proposal was in response to the level of hatred toward Americans among “large segments of the Muslim population”. The comments prompted a wave of criticism on both sides of the Atlantic, with former Prime Minister David Cameron calling them “divisive, stupid and wrong”. After becoming the Republican presidential nominee, Mr Trump shifted his rhetoric to focus on temporarily halting immigration from an unspecified list of countries with ties to terrorism.