Trump Includes Philippines, Pakistan Among “Terrorist” Nations Whose Immigrants He’d Restrict

GOP presidential nominee, Donald Trump.
GOP presidential nominee, Donald Trump.

Earlier this month, Donald Trump spoke to a rally in Portland, Maine where he repeated one of his most infamous platform positions: that, as president, he would restrict immigration from so-called “terrorist nations” which he has previously said would include Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

On August 6, however, Trump offered an expanded list of “terrorist nations” he would blacklist with regard to new immigrants, adding Morocco, Somalia, Yemen, Uzbekistan, Pakistan and the Philippines.

While providing this expanded list, Trump reportedly said that refugees from all “terrorist nations” should be banned from entry into the United States.

“We’re dealing with animals,” he said of immigrants from these countries, including Filipino and Pakistani immigrants. Later on the Charlie Rose show, Trump was asked if he would include nations like Belgium or France in his list of “terrorist nations,” given the recent spate of high-profile terrorist attacks; Trump declined to comment.

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Thousands feared dead in the Philippines following super typhoon Haiyan

A satellite image of Haiyan as it makes landfall off the Philippines yesterday.
A satellite image of Haiyan as it makes landfall off the Philippines yesterday.

Yesterday, a super typhoon dubbed Haiyan (which boasted 200mph winds) made landfall on the Philippine coast, and demolished homes across that country, including the bustling city of Tacloban. The Philippine Red Cross estimates at least 1,200 people are dead while the mayor of Tacloban puts those estimates at closer to 10,000. Images of Tacloban in the wake of Haiyan are heart-wrenching, with homes reduced to matchsticks.

A man pushes a bicycle through the wreckage of Tacloban (photo credit: CNN).
A man pushes a bicycle through the wreckage of Tacloban (photo credit: CNN).

Please donate to the American Red Cross or to other reputable charities, and please spread the word to encourage others to donate as well.

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by super-storm Haiyan. If you are looking for someone in the Philippines, please use Google’s Person Finder.