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John Dickerson interviews Donald Trump
 
CBS NEWS' "FACE THE NATION" INTERVIEW WITH DONALD TRUMP

TRUMP OPEN TO RACIAL PROFILING:
JOHN DICKERSON:  Can I ask you just a bottom line question before we move on?  You like to speak plainly.  In December, we talked and you said there possibly should be profiling.  Just as a bottom line here, are you talking about increasing profiling of Muslims in America? 
DONALD TRUMP: Well, I think profiling is something that we're going to have to start thinking about as a country.  And other countries do it; you look at Israel and you look at others and they do it and they do it successfully.  You know, I hate the concept of profiling.  But we have to start using common sense and we have to use, you know, we have to use our heads...we really have to look at profiling. We have to look at is seriously. And other countries do it, and it's not the worst thing to do. I hate the concept of profiling, but we have to use common sense. We're not using common sense.

TRUMP ON REPUBLICAN PARTY LEADERS: "THEY SHOULDN'T BE TALKING SO MUCH"  
DONALD TRUMP: And I would say this, if people and especially, you know, where people endorse me, Republican leaders, I think that honestly they should go about their business and they should do a wonderful job and work on budgets and get the budgets down and get the military the types of money they need and lots of other things. And they shouldn't be talking so much.  They should go out and do their job.  Let me do my job.  I have tremendous support from both politicians and the people, tremendous support.  Unfortunately, the media just likes to cover, really, a small number of people that maybe have something to say.  I think they should go about their work.  Let me run for President, I think I'm going to do very well.

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JOHN DICKERSON: Good morning and welcome to Face the Nation, I'm John Dickerson.  It’s been one week since Omar Mateen shot and killed 49 people and injured 53 more in a gay nightclub in  Orlando. The largest mass shooting in U.S. history has sparked a heated political debate in America.  We begin this morning with Donald Trump, who joins us by phone from New Jersey.

JOHN DICKERSON: This is a person who would not have been stopped by any kind of temporary ban, was born as an American citizen, what Donald Trump policy would have kept this from happening?
 
DONALD TRUMP: Well, we have to report.  Look, the big thing we're missing here is that people have to report when they see somebody.  This man was pretty much unhinged.  I mean, you look at his record, you look at what happened.  And actually, I guess it was the gun store owner that did report and he reported him when he went into buy all sorts of body armor and other things, he reported him to the authorities, law enforcement.  And you know, very sadly, nothing was done.  It could have been prevented.  He was excellent in what he did, but unfortunately, nobody took advantage of it.
 
JOHN DICKERSON: But he was the-
 
DONALD TRUMP: John, when you look at, when you look at people within the Muslim community and where people are living and they don't report, and a good example of that would be San Bernardino.  I mean, they had bombs all over their apartment floor and people saw it and nobody reported them, and 14 people were killed, many injured.
 
JOHN DICKERSON: But in this case, he was investigated twice by the F.B.I., was taken off a list, there was no red flag that suggested that he was going to go do this, so what was there to report?
 
DONALD TRUMP: Well, there were red flags.  I mean, because when he walked into buy all sorts of ammunition and all sorts of I guess body armor and other things, the owner of the store reported him.
 
JOHN DICKERSON: Should there--
 
DONALD TRUMP: And so, there were red flags.  And you look at his past, I mean, I have never seen a past quite like that.   You look at his record in school, you look at a lot of other things, I mean, there were a lot of red flags. This was not a very good young man.
 
JOHN DICKERSON: Should somebody who goes in to buy that ammunition get extra scrutiny?
                               
DONALD TRUMP: Well, I think it depends.  Everybody wants to be so politically correct and they want to do what's right and they're afraid to do anything.  And words are killing us, political correctness.
 
JOHN DICKERSON: When you talk -
 
DONALD TRUMP: Unfortunately, it wasn't followed up.
 
JOHN DICKERSON: When you talk about political correctness, should a Muslim buying ammunition and weapons get extra scrutiny?
 
DONALD TRUMP: Uh-  I don't know about that.  I think right now we have some pretty big problems and they're problems coming out of radical Islamic groups.  You know radical Islamic groups. You have a very, very strong group of people that is radical Islamic and that seems to be a problem.
 
JOHN DICKERSON: You said you would check respectfully the mosques.  How do you respectfully check a mosque?
 
DONALD TRUMP: Well, you do as they used to do in New York prior to this mayor dismantling. And by the way, if you go to France right now, they're doing it in France.  In fact, in some instances, they're closing down mosques.  People don't want to talk about it, people aren't talking about it.  But look at what they're doing in France, they're actually closing down mosques.
 
JOHN DICKERSON: Can I ask you just a bottom line question before we move on?  You like to speak plainly.  In December, we talked and you said there possibly should be profiling.  Just as a bottom line here, are you talking about increasing profiling of Muslims in America?
 
DONALD TRUMP: Well, I think profiling is something that we're going to have to start thinking about as a country.  And other countries do it; you look at Israel and you look at others and they do it and they do it successfully.  You know, I hate the concept of profiling.  But we have to start using common sense and we have to use, you know, we have to use our heads.  You know, I see people and I've seen it recently, we had a case where very much in my case we had tremendous numbers of people coming into a speech I was making.
 
And you know people that obviously had no guns, no weapons, didn't know anything and they were going through screening and they were going through the same, the same you know scrutiny. The absolute same scrutiny as somebody else that looked like it could have been a possible person. So we really have to look at profiling. We have to look at is seriously. And other countries do it, and it's not the worst thing to do. I hate the concept of profiling, but we have to use common sense. We're not using common sense.
 
DONALD TRUMP: Well, my position is I'm dealing with the N.R.A. and I have great respect for them and Wayne and Chris and all of the people up there, these are great people, these are people that love their country incredibly and I don't think they get enough credit for it.  But I'm dealing with the N.R.A..  You know, they gave me their endorsement, one of the earliest endorsements they've ever given for a Presidential candidate.
 
I'm a member of the N.R.A., my two sons are members of the N.R.A. for a long time and I'm talking to them about the whole concept of terror watch list.  You know, should we take somebody directly off?  If there is a terror watch list that if somebody's on, should they be allowed to buy a gun?
 
Now we understand there are problems with that because some people are on the terror watch list that shouldn't be on.  You understand that and that's, you know, happened.  Maybe you can reverse it and we work very hard to find out.  If they can't get a gun, we work hard and diligently to get them off the list if they indeed shouldn't be on the list.  So, you know, I'm working with the N.R.A., we're discussing it.  And again, the N.R.A. has the best interest of our country, it just has the absolute best interest of our country.  They want to make the right decision.  These are great people and these are great Americans.
 
JOHN DICKERSON: Let me switch to politics. You said to Republican leaders, "Don't talk, be quiet," who was that directed towards?
 
DONALD TRUMP: Well, nobody in particular. And you have to understand, I have tremendous support, including from congressmen and senators and governors.  You take a look at throughout the whole, Senator Sessions has been amazing and I could name many, many congressmen that have been absolutely amazing and strong and governors. 
 
JOHN DICKERSON: But these are not obscure figures, though, when you say Republican leaders, don't talk, be quiet.  I mean, certainly Paul Ryan has spoken out, Mitch McConnell, those are not fringe figures.  You said if they don't cooperate you might "go it alone."  So it's not - this is you talking.
 
DONALD TRUMP: Well, my attitude on that, look, I won the primaries with the largest vote ever.  I brought a lot of extra voters, a lot of voters, I guess up 70% or close to 70%.  We brought additional people in that wouldn't have been in if I weren't doing this and if I weren't running.
 
And I would say this, if people and especially, you know, where people endorse me, Republican leaders, I think that honestly they should go about their business and they should do a wonderful job and work on budgets and get the budgets down and get the military the types of money they need and lots of other things.
 
And they shouldn't be talking so much.  They should go out and do their job.  Let me do my job.  I have tremendous support from both politicians and the people, tremendous support.  Unfortunately, the media just likes to cover, really, a small number of people that maybe have something to say.  I think they should go about their work.  Let me run for President, I think I'm going to do very well.
 
JOHN DICKERSON: Okay, Mr. Trump, we'll have to leave it there, thanks so much for being with us.                                                                          
 
DONALD TRUMP: Thank you very much, John.
                 
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