Donald Trump has criticised the EU's migrant policy and vows he won't allow the US to do the same
After signing an executive order to build a wall along the border with Mexico and banning immigrants from seven Muslim countries from entering the US, Trump promised he will be the President of a “safe country” and plans “extreme vetting” process to curb migration to the US.
In an interview with ABC News, the President said: “I think that Europe has made a tremendous mistake by allowing these millions of people to go into Germany and various other countries.
We're going to have extreme vetting in all cases. And I mean extreme. And we're not letting people in if we think there's even a little chance of some problem
“It’s a disaster what's happening over there – I don’t want that to happen here.
“We have enough problems.”
He described the world as “a mess” and condemned his predecessors for their migration policy – which he looks set to radically change.
Trump made the claims during an interview with ABC News reporter David Muir
The Republican said: “President Obama, Hillary Clinton and [John] Kerry have allowed tens of thousands of people into our country.
“We're going to have extreme vetting in all cases. And I mean extreme. And we're not letting people in if we think there's even a little chance of some problem.”
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Wed, January 25, 2017
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US President Donald Trump delivers remarks after signing five executive orders related to the oil pipeline industry in the oval office of the White House in Washington, DC, USA
Discussing plans to temporarily restrict immigration for refugees and some visa holders from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, Trump said he made the decision because he doesn’t want terror in the US.
The President continued: “We are excluding certain countries, but for other countries we're gonna have extreme vetting.
“It's going to be very hard to come in.
Protests against Trump's migrant policy have been seen across the US
“Right now it's very easy to come in but it's gonna be very, very hard.”
Days before his inauguration, Trump described the EU as a “vehicle for Germany” and said Chancellor Angela Merkel made “one very catastrophic mistake” with her immigration policy.
Discussing the future of the EU with former Justice Minister Michael Gove, Trump said: “I believe others will leave.
“I do think keeping it together is not going to be as easy as a lot of people think.”
He added: “If refugees keep pouring into different parts of Europe… it’s going to be very hard to keep it together because people are angry about it.”