Urbandale, Iowa: Donald Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner on Saturday act in response to a question from CNN about whether Muslims pose a danger to the country by saying:
“I love the Muslims. I think they’re great people.”
Trump made the comment after addressing high school students at their homecoming Saturday night.
During a question-and-answer session with students, Trump was unable to keep himself away from being asked about the latest political controversy which hit his presidential campaign in turbulence: his decision not to correct a supporter this week who called President Barack Obama a Muslim.
According to a report published in CNN, one student asked Trump that she considered Muslim-Americans to be an important segment of the US. They asked whether the billionaire businessman would consider putting a Muslim in his Cabinet or on his ticket.
“Oh, absolutely,” Trump responded. “No problem with that.”
On Thursday, at a New Hampshire town hall, a supporter stated that Obama was a Muslim and not American to which Trump did not corrected and asked the candidate how he plans to “get rid of” Muslims in US.
“We’re going to be looking at a lot of different things,” Trump responded. “You know, a lot of people are saying that and a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening.”
Trump has largely avoided the press. Citing business obligations, he cancelled a South Carolina campaign event on Friday and chose to miss out press gaggles at two events in Iowa on Saturday.
Under attack from critics for the interaction, on Saturday, Trump sent out a series of tweets defending why he decided not to correct the supporter.
“Am I morally obligated to defend the president every time somebody says something bad or controversial about him? I don’t think so!” Trump wrote.