Trump renews tough immigration calls, bans Washington Post

  • 14/06/2016
Donald Trump giving a speech on security in New Hampshire (AAP)
Donald Trump giving a speech on security in New Hampshire (AAP)

As the fallout from the Orlando massacre continues, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has renewed calls for stricter immigration and banned the Washington Post from his events.

The newspaper outraged the former Celebrity Apprentice host for running an article on comments he made seemingly suggesting President Obama identifies with radicalised Muslims who have carried out terrorist attacks in the United States and is complicit in the Orlando mass shooting.

"We're led by a man who either is not tough, not smart -- or he's got something else in mind. The something else in mind, people can't believe it. People cannot believe that President Obama is acting the way he acts and can't even mention the word 'radical Islamic terrorism'.

"There's something going on, it's inconceivable," Mr Trump told Fox & Friends.

It is unusual for a presidential campaign to refuse to issue credentials to news organisations. Credentials are needed for reporters, photographers and other staff to gain access to press seating, travel with the campaign and attend media-only events, like press conferences.

"Donald Trump's decision to revoke The Washington Post's press credentials is nothing less than a repudiation of the role of a free and independent press," the newspaper's editor Marty Baron said in a statement.

"When coverage doesn't correspond to what the candidate wants it to be, then a news organisation is banished. The Post will continue to cover Donald Trump as it has all along - honourably, honestly, accurately, energetically, and unflinchingly. We're proud of our coverage, and we're going to keep at it."

Mr Trump has already reportedly banned Politico, Buzzfeed and the Huffington Post from his events.

In a speech in New Hampshire, the billionaire rephrased his campaign promise of a blanket ban on Muslims entering the US, saying he would suspend immigration from countries "where there is a proven history of terrorism" against Western nations.

He noted that Orlando shooter Omar Mateen, 29, had parents born in Afghanistan.

"I would use this power to protect the American people. When I'm elected, I will suspend immigration from areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies until we fully understand how to end these threats," said Mr Trump.

"The Muslim community, so importantly, they have to work with us. They have to cooperate with law enforcement and turn in the people who they know are bad. And they know it. And they have to do it forthwith."

Mr Trump also challenged Ms Clinton to explain why she is in favour of accepting refugees from the Syrian civil war, and said his policies would better protect American women, gays and lesbians, Jews and Christians.

"She has no clue, in my opinion, what radical Islam is and she won't speak honestly about it if she does in fact know. She's in total denial and her continuing reluctance to ever name the enemy broadcasts weakness across the entire world. True weakness," said Mr Trump.

He argued that both the president and Ms Clinton were unfit to lead the nation.

Mateen opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida early on Sunday (local time), pledging loyalty to militant group Islamic State, leaving 50 people dead and 53 wounded.

Mr Trumps democratic rival warned against demonising Muslim Americans in her own speech, offering a starkly different approach to national security.

"The Orlando terrorist may be dead, but the virus that poisoned his mind remains very strong, and we must attack it," said Ms Clinton, the Democrats' presumptive nominee for the November 8 election, in a speech in Cleveland.

In proposals for dealing with threats of violence at home and abroad, Ms Clinton called for increased efforts to remove Islamic State propaganda from the internet, more air strikes in the areas held by the militant group and better coordination with allies in the region.

She specifically called out three US allies -- Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait -- for allowing its citizens to fund mosques and schools that train jihadists.

She also called for stricter gun control laws, reiterating prior calls to prohibit those on terrorism watch lists from buying guns.

She pointed out that while the Federal Bureau of Investigation was aware of Mateen as a possible threat, he was still able to legally purchase a gun.

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