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Trump doesn’t think getting rid of Assad is important and promises to send back all Syrian refugees if he is elected.
NORAH O’DONNELL: Syria may be off the front pages but the situation there is awful. We have the defense secretary Ash Carter in Brussels convening leaders there tomorrow including Arab states asking them to do more. They say that we need more U.S leadership, that we should commit U.S ground troops. Should we commit U.S ground troops?
DONALD TRUMP: Well you know Syria’s a whole different thing and you look at what’s happening. I view ISIS as very important. And I love the fact that Russia is hitting ISIS and as far as I’m concerned they’ve got to continue to hit ISIS.
O’DONNELL: Do you know what Russia’s doing in Syria? Russia is hitting the groups that we’re backing.
TRUMP: Sure and why are we backing the group? We don’t even know who those people are. I speak to generals, they’re saying “we’re giving billions of dollars of equipment to people we don’t know.” Here we go again. We’re giving all of this money and all of this equipment to people we have no idea who they are. They’re probably worse than Assad. I mean Assad’s no baby. He’s not good but who are the people that we’re backing? Here we go again like Libya…
CHARLIE ROSE: That’s President Obama’s argument. We don’t know whose weapons will fall into whose hands.
TRUMP: Well why is he doing it? He’s giving them a lot of weaponry and we’re backing people who want to knock out Assad. Russia and Iran which is now a power we made them a power, they’re backing Assad. We’ve got to get rid of ISIS. We’ve got to get rid of the people that are chopping off everybody’s heads.
O’DONNELL: You say you have a good relationship with Putin or would have a good relationship with Putin?
TRUMP: I think I would have a very good relationship but who knows?
O’DONNELL: So could you convince Putin to get Assad to step aside?
TRUMP: Well they’ve been trying to do that. Could I? I don’t think it’s that important to be honest with you. I think frankly let’s say you get rid of Assad or knock out that government. Who’s going to take over? The people that we’re backing? And then you’re going to have like Libya right? You take Gaddafi. Oh we have to get rid of Gaddafi. Look what happened after we got rid of Gaddafi.
CHRIS MATTHEWS: Big news tonight from Donald Trump. He wants to send…in fact he promises to send back all the 200,000 Syrian refugees he expects to come into this country between now and his inauguration in 2017. All of them go home if he gets elected. He says that. Here he is just moments ago making that point.
DONALD TRUMP: Now I hear we want to take in 200,000 Syrians right? And they could be...listen, they could be ISIS. I don’t know. Did you ever see a migration like that? And I’ll tell you right now and I’m putting everybody on notice and hopefully this gets outside of this room and I guess it will with all these crazy cameras going on back there. I’m putting the people on notice that are coming here from Syria as part of this mass migration that if I win; if I win they’re going back. They’re going back; I’m telling you they’re going back.