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Hillary Clinton Knew American Killed in Mali, Describes Her as ‘Loving Mother’, Mali) — Hillary Clinton knew Anita Datar, an American woman who died in the violent hostage crisis in Mali, describing her a “loving mother” and the representation of “the best of America’s generous spirit.”

“I knew Anita as the loving mother of a wonderful 7-year-old boy and the former partner of David Garten, one of my senior policy advisers in the Senate,” Clinton said in a statement Saturday.

“My prayers are with the Datar and Garten families, especially Anita and David’s son,” Clinton said. “My heart breaks thinking of the burden he will now bear on his small shoulders and the courage he will have to show in the days ahead.”

Datar, 41, was one of 18 guests killed Friday — according to the Mali Ministry of Interior — when gunmen stormed the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali, a hotel popular with Westerners and the United Nations. Datar was a public health worker who once volunteered for the Peace Corps, her family said.

Clinton’s statement added that Datar “was a bright light who gave help and hope to people in need around the world, especially women and families. From her service in the Peace Corps to her career in international health and development to her work with Tulalens, an NGO she helped start to connect poor women with health care, Anita represented the best of America’s generous spirit.”

According to Datar’s family, she worked as a senior manager at the consulting firm Palladium Group and was a founding board member of Tulalens, a non-profit “connecting underserved communities with quality health services.”

Datar’s family said she served in the peace corps in Senegal from 1997 to 1999 and “has spent much of her career working to advance global health and international development, with a focus on population and reproductive health, family planning, and HIV.”

“Everything she did in her life she did to help others— as a mother, public health expert, daughter, sister and friend,” the family statement said. “And while we are angry and saddened that she has been killed, we know that she would want to promote education and healthcare to prevent violence and poverty at home and abroad, not intolerance.”

Clinton’s statement added, “As I said this week, America must wage and win an immediate battle against ISIS, al Qaeda, and other terrorist networks, as well as a generational struggle against radical jihadism.”

“We face a choice between fear and resolve,” Clinton said, adding that, “Anita’s murder should deepen our resolve.”

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Trump Says Immigration Database Would Be for Syrian Refugees, Not All Muslims

Scott Olson/Getty Images(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) — Donald Trump said he wants a database and surveillance for all Syrian refugees allowed into the country, clarifying on Saturday that he does not want a database for all Muslims in the United States.

“I do want database for those people coming in,” the Republican presidential candidate said at a rally in Birmingham, Alabama. “Here is the story, just to set it clear: I want surveillance of these people. I want surveillance if we have to.”

Trump also said it would be necessary to institute surveillance of some of the country’s mosques.

“I want surveillance of certain mosques, OK?” Trump said, drawing applause from the crowd. “I want surveillance. And you know what? We’ve had it before and we’ll have it again.”

Trump’s clarification came after he told an NBC News reporter Thursday he would “certainly” and “absolutely” implement a database for the country’s Muslims. His answer to the reporter came after he had been asked earlier in the day if he thought a database or IDs for Muslims was necessary, and he did not reject the idea.

Trump said Saturday he didn’t properly hear the question posed to him by the NBC News reporter on Thursday, who he referred to as “a little wise guy” and whose question he said he thought was about building a wall along the southern border with Mexico.

In a tweet on Friday, Trump said that he had never suggested creating a database but that the reporter did.

I didn’t suggest a database-a reporter did. We must defeat Islamic terrorism & have surveillance, including a watch list, to protect America

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2015

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Republican Presidential Candidates Attack Obama’s Handling of ISIS at Iowa Forum

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Seven Republican presidential candidates speaking at a forum meant to focus on family instead focused much of their time criticizing President Obama’s policies on ISIS.

Sitting next to one another at the Presidential Family Forum in Des Moines on Friday, Sen. Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Sen. Rick Santorum avoided attacking one another directly. Instead, they focused on President Obama.

“The policies he’s advancing are helping the other team,” said Cruz, who called the president, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Secretary of State John Kerry “apologists for terrorists.”

Cruz called for Kerry’s resignation, drawing cheers from the 1,500 in attendance.

Huckabee went a step further, saying Kerry was “only doing the bidding of the person who appointed him.”

“I’ve got a better idea — instead of getting rid of John Kerry, I’d like Barack Obama to resign if he’s not going to protect America and instead protect the image of Islam,” he said.

Rubio continued the criticism, saying the president “hasn’t even defined what victory means.”

When asked why President Obama hadn’t used more aggressive tactics to fight ISIS, including establishing a ground force with Sunni and Kurdish fighters, Rubio replied, “well, he’s a bad president.”

Santorum referred to the Obama administration’s handling of ISIS as “delusional,” saying it cost lives in Paris, Mali, and in the United States.

Fiorina said more needed to be done to stop ISIS from gaining territory.

“What we must do is deny ISIS territory and that means we must cut off their supply lines, we must cut off their money,” she said.

Paul turned his focus to the three Democrats running for president and a question from their debate last weekend in Des Moines.

“Nobody on the other stage will even call it what it is — radical Islam,” he said.

The candidates were also asked how they would handle a terrorist attack in New York City’s Times Square on the anniversary of September 11 in 2017. While Rubio listed federal and statement departments he would reach out to, Carson said the work preventing another major terrorist attack on U.S. soil would have been done beforehand.

“In medicine, you know, we anticipate these kinds of things and we have a bunch of protocols already in place, so you already know how to activate the cascade of activities,” he said. “You don’t really have to sit there and think about what is the first call you are going to make.”

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This Iowa Man Plowed a Quarter-Acre Sign for Bernie Sanders

Mike Pattavina(WASHINGTON) — A Bernie Sanders supporter has taken an unusual approach to supporting the Democratic presidential candidate by plowing a roughly one-quarter of an acre area of his farm to spell out “Bernie.”

“I was on my tractor one day and thought, ‘Well, I’ll just try this,’” Mike Pattavina told ABC News about the sign plowed into his soybean field. “It worked out pretty good.”

The 68-year-old farmer said the “B” alone is 60-feet tall. Pattavina said he “free-handed” the lettering and the plowing would not affect the field because the soybean had already been harvested.
“It only took 20 minutes,” he said. “Maybe 30, max.”

Pattavina said he has farmed his whole life but this was the first time he has used his land for a political statement. He said his goals were simple.

“I just want people to see it, and maybe, hopefully, some people can see it from the air,” he said. “Just to show support for Bernie.”

The Sanders supporter said he was moved to make the sign after he had a few traditional ones stolen from his yard.

“I thought, ‘Well, I’d like to see them steal this one,’” he joked.

When asked about the reaction from his neighbors, he described his town of Clarinda, Iowa, as “ultra-conservative.” Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the county by 25 percentage points in the 2012 presidential election.

Pattavina said he plans to caucus for Sanders this February and volunteer for him — canvassing and knocking on doors — ahead of time. He said he likes the Vermont senator because he’s “honest.”
“I think he is for the working-class people,” said Pattavina.

Pattavina said he would vote for Clinton if she secured the Democratic nomination, but that he is not a fan of the former secretary of state.

“I don’t like the way she handled the Keystone [pipeline]. It took her a long time to come out against it,” he said. “I still don’t trust her. She’s got the big banks behind her, and I just don’t like that.

“That’s what I like about Bernie,” he continued. “He doesn’t have commitments to people.”

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2016’s Presidential Campaign Dropouts: A Closer Look at the Candidates Who Called It Quits

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — It is still almost three months before the first votes of the 2016 presidential primaries will be cast, but already the campaigns of three Republicans and two Democrats have come to a close.
This week, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was the latest to call it quits.

“I’ve come to the realization this is not my time,” Jindal said in an interview with Fox News on Tuesday announcing an end to his nearly five-month-long White House bid.

Last month, long-shot Democratic contenders Lincoln Chafee, a former governor of Rhode Island, and Jim Webb, a former U.S. senator from Virginia, both cut short their presidential campaigns within a few days of each other. And in September two Republicans — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and, before him, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry — pulled the plug.

“I believe that I’m being called to lead by helping to clear the field in this race so that a positive conservative message can rise to the top of the field,” Walker said at a news conference on Sept. 21.
So what went wrong for these would-be White House occupants?

For one thing, four of the five drop-outs have one thing in common: They are all either former or current governors.

Perry and Chafee both once ran states and Walker and Jindal still do.

But 2016 appears to be shaping up as the year of the political outsider: In an ABC News-Washington Post poll last month Republicans and Republican-leaning independents by 57-39 percent say they’re looking for a political outsider rather than someone with political experience.

Cash flow played a major role in the demise of their campaigns too.

About a month before he quit the race, Perry, was struggling to make ends meet.

Jeff Miller, Perry’s campaign manager, told ABC News that the presidential hopeful was so strapped for cash that he had to stop paying all campaign staff in early primary states as well as at his headquarters in Austin. Shortly after those reports, Perry announced he would suspend his campaign on Sept. 11.
Just ten days later, Walker joined Perry on the dropout list.

The Wisconsin governor’s dramatic fall came just two months after polls showed him leading in the polls in the early caucus state of Iowa. Walker started the race strong, raising $7.4 million dollars. But he quickly burned through 87 percent of his cash reserves on staff salaries, doling out a million dollars over a course of three months.

Meanwhile, his candidacy was failing to gain steam.

In a national poll released by CNN/ORC on Sept. 19 — just two days before Walker would announce the end of his bid — he registered at 0.5 percent. And in Iowa, his numbers slipped from 19 percent to 5 percent in just six weeks.

From the start of his candidacy in June, Jindal struggled in both the money race and the horserace.
As of Sept. 30 Jindal had raised only $500,000 and was spending it at a rapid clip.

In addition, he never polled high enough to earn a spot on the main stage for any of the four GOP debates.

In the most recent national ABC News-Washington Post poll the Louisiana governor barely registered.
So where are they now?

Perry seems to be taking a breather from politics. In October, he road tripped from California to Texas in a 1972 Chevy Chevelle SS.

Gov. Scott Walker went back to his day job in Wisconsin, but was still taking donations.

“As things changed dramatically in the presidential race, “Walker for America” incurred a campaign debt and it is my hope that you and all of our supporters will chip in and make an online contribution of $10, $35, $50, $100, $250 or more so we can end this campaign in the black,” Walker wrote in an email to his supporters.

As for Bobby Jindal, he plans to work for his think tank, America Next, at the end of his term in January.

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Rep. Martha McSally Urges Obama Administration to ‘Step Up’ in Fight Against ISIS in Weekly Republican Address

Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., gave this week’s Republican address, urging the Obama administration to work with Congress to “step up” in the fight against ISIS.

“I need no reminders about the threats we face,” McSally explains, pointing to her 26 years in the U.S. Air Force. “The most glaring weakness of all,” she adds, “is that this administration does not have a strategy to combat this dangerous threat.”

“The administration has been leading from behind,” McSally jabbed. “In the military, we would call that following.” Criticizing the president’s “reluctant” approach as “emboldening ISIS to recruit more fighters,” she urges the full U.S. government to utilize all elements of national power.

McSally concludes her address by highlighting a bill sent to the president’s desk by the House of Representatives requiring a “real strategy” against ISIS and a new standard of verification for Syrian refugees.

“In short,” McSally says, “we’re telling the administration to step up. Take this terrorist threat seriously.”

Read the full transcript of the Republican address:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Paris as they recover from last week’s horrific terrorist attacks. While we mourn this tragedy, let us be reminded those attacks could have happened here. This is not to instill fear, but to remind us to be vigilant. That’s why we’re calling on the administration to step up, provide global leadership, and put together a coherent and aggressive strategy to defeat ISIS.

“I need no reminders about the threats we face. Before being elected to Congress, I served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a full colonel. I was the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat and the first to command a fighter squadron in combat in U.S. history. In my career, I flew 2,600 flight hours, including over 325 combat hours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. I deployed to the Middle East and Afghanistan six times, serving in leadership positions for the initial air campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan and counter-terrorism ops in Africa.

“After I was elected, I had the privilege to be appointed to a task force on combating terrorist and foreign fighter travel. For six months, our bipartisan task force looked at this very threat. What we discovered is that 30,000 individuals have traveled from over 100 countries to Iraq and Syria to join ISIS. We know about 4,500 are from Western and visa-waiver countries. And 250 of them are from America. Those are the ones that we know. We realize there are probably so many that we don’t know.

“In addition, law enforcement has ISIS-related investigations in every single state right now, with cases increasing at an alarming rate. And ISIS is employing a sophisticated and unprecedented propaganda, recruitment, and social-media campaign. They use it to inspire or direct people to travel to ISIS-controlled areas to join the fight or remain where they are and commit terrorist attacks at home.

“There’s an estimated 200,000 pro-ISIS social-media posts per day. They are acting at the speed of broadband, while we are acting at the speed of bureaucracy.

“After our six-month investigation, the task force laid out 32 key findings and made over 50 recommendations in the report that we released in September.

“And the number one finding—the most glaring weakness of all—is that this administration does not have a strategy to combat this dangerous threat. I have been focused on national security for over 30 years, and I can tell you that ISIS is the most potent terrorist movement we have faced. They showed this month the apparent capability to take down the first airplane since 9/11 and conduct the deadliest attack on French soil since World War II. France and Russia have shown resolve in response, but the world is waiting for America’s resolve and leadership—and a comprehensive strategy to win.

“The administration has been leading from behind. In the military, we would call that following. Their reluctant approach is only emboldening ISIS to recruit more fighters as they claim they have been attacked by U.S. airpower for 15 months, yet the momentum is theirs.

“Our strategy must include utilizing all elements of national power. We must unleash American air power to destroy their leadership, command and control, logistics, and their means of financing their terror.

“For 17 months, ISIS has been exporting black-market oil to fund their operations, and we just finally started striking the fuel trucks with the mighty A-10 warthog, the airplane I flew. The aircrews have been doing the best they can under overly restricted rules of engagement. We need to take the gloves off, let them do their jobs now to destroy ISIS capabilities in Iraq and Syria.

“Next, we need to show leadership again in the broader Middle East. Our close ally Israel and our Sunni Arab allies are rightfully confused and dismayed by this administration’s myopic focus on a nuclear deal with the Shia state sponsor of terror and their biggest security threat, Iran. The strategy must ensure actions against ISIS don’t strengthen Iran. A broader strategy includes partnering with the nearly 20 countries that have an ISIS presence to deny safe haven and counter the extremism ideology.

“It must step up our efforts working with our allies, especially in Europe, to share information and close loopholes that facilitate terrorist travel.

“And it means countering the radical extremism that we’re seeing in our own neighborhoods. We have around two dozen people focused on countering violent extremism in the federal government. But we have roughly 10,000 IRS agents making sure you don’t take an improper charity deduction. Where we are putting our resources simply does not match up with the threats we are facing.

“This week, we sent the president’s desk a national defense bill, for the second time. It requires the president to put together a real strategy to defeat ISIS. We also give him all the tools he will need to execute that strategy.

Second, we passed a bill calling for a new standard of verification for those fleeing conflict in Syria and Iraq to ensure ISIS isn’t posing as innocent victims, as they said they would. This is the first step to close one gap highlighted by the FBI director and our own security officials, and there are many other vulnerabilities we have identified that must be urgently addressed.

“In short, we’re telling the administration to step up. Take this terrorist threat seriously. The fight against ISIS is a generational conflict, and we must lead now more than ever. Thank you.”

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Biden Says Sticking to American Values in Syrian Refugee Question Is ‘How We Win’

Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Vice President Joe Biden stepped in for President Obama for this week’s address, highlighting the pair’s commitment to protecting the United States from terrorists at home and abroad.

Addressing the national concerns regarding the U.S.’s willingness to take in Syrian refugees in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris, Biden says that while those attacks “showed us once again the depths of the terrorist’s depravity,” now is a time for the world to “come together in solidarity.” Biden said he understood the fear and anxiety many Americans feel about the potential of a terror attack.

“I don’t dismiss the fear of a terrorist bomb going off,” Biden explains, saying that there is “nothing President Obama and I take more seriously though, than keeping the American people safe.”

He discusses the refugee screening process, calling it “the most rigorous screening of anyone who comes to the United States,” explaining the process, and noting the new layer of checks specifically for Syrian refugees instituted in the wake of terror concerns.

Biden also points out that the majority of the refugees seeking asylum are women and children.

“To turn them away and say there is no way you can ever get here would play right into the terrorists’ hands,” Biden says. “They want us to turn our backs on Muslims victimized by terrorism.”

But, the vice president says, “refusing to compromise our fundamental American values: freedom, openness, tolerance…that’s how we win.”

Read the full transcript of the vice president’s address:

Good morning everyone. This past week we’ve seen the best and the worst of humanity. The heinous terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut, in Iraq and Nigeria. They showed us once again the depths of the terrorist’s depravity.

And at the same time we saw the world come together in solidarity. Parisians opening their doors to anyone trapped in the street, taxi drivers turning off their meters to get people home safety, people lining up to donate blood. These simple human acts are a powerful reminder that we cannot be broken and in the face of terror we stand as one. In the wake of these terrible events, I understand the anxiety that many Americans feel. I really do. I don’t dismiss the fear of a terrorist bomb going off. There’s nothing President Obama and I take more seriously though, than keeping the American people safe.

In the past few weeks though, we’ve heard an awful lot of people suggest that the best way to keep America safe is to prevent any Syrian refugee from gaining asylum in the United States.

So let’s set the record straight how it works for a refugee to get asylum. Refugees face the most rigorous screening of anyone who comes to the United States. First they are finger printed, then they undergo a thorough background check, then they are interviewed by the Department of Homeland Security. And after that the FBI, the National Counterterrorism Center, the Department of Defense and the Department of State, they all have to sign off on access.

And to address the specific terrorism concerns we are talking about now, we’ve instituted another layer of checks just for Syrian refugees. There is no possibility of being overwhelmed by a flood of refugees landing on our doorstep tomorrow. Right now, refugees wait 18 to 24 months while the screening process is completed. And unlike in Europe, refugees don’t set foot in the United States until they are thoroughly vetted.

Let’s also remember who the vast majority of these refugees are: women, children, orphans, survivors of torture, people desperately in need medical help.

To turn them away and say there is no way you can ever get here would play right into the terrorists’ hands. We know what ISIL – we know what they hope to accomplish. They flat-out told us.

Earlier this year, the top ISIL leader al-Baghdadi revealed the true goal of their attacks. Here’s what he said: “Compel the crusaders to actively destroy the gray zone themselves. Muslims in the West will quickly find themselves between one and two choices. Either apostatize or emigrate to the Islamic State and thereby escape persecution.” So it’s clear. It’s clear what ISIL wants. They want to manufacture a clash between civilizations. They want frightened people to think in terms of “us versus them”.

They want us to turn our backs on Muslims victimized by terrorism. But this gang of thugs peddling a warped ideology, they will never prevail. The world is united in our resolve to end their evil. And the only thing ISIL can do is spread terror in hopes that we will in turn, turn on ourselves. We will betray our ideals and take actions, actions motivated by fear that will drive more recruits into the arms of ISIL. That’s how they win. We win by prioritizing our security as we’ve been doing. Refusing to compromise our fundamental American values: freedom, openness, tolerance. That’s who we are. That’s how we win.

May God continue to bless the United States of America and God bless our troops. May God continue to bless the United States, and God Bless our troops.

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Twenty-Seven GOP Governors Urge Obama to Suspend Acceptance of Syrian Refugees

Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Twenty-seven Republican Governors have signed a letter to President Obama urging him to suspend the acceptance of Syrian refugees in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris last week.

“In the wake of this recent tragedy,” the letter reads, “and until we can ensure the citizens of our states that an exhaustive review of all security measures has been completed and the necessary changes have been implemented, we respectfully request that you suspend all plans to resettle additional Syrian refguees.” On Thursday, the Republican-controlled House passed legislation that would bring the refugee program to a halt, but President Obama has vowed to veto the bill.

“For years we have been proud to welcome refugees into our communities in their pursuit of a better life and future,” the letter from the Governors added. “However, we are deeply concerned that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria may have exploited the generosity of the refugee system to carry our [last] Friday’s terrorist attack in Paris.”

The governors cited FBI Director James Comey’s admission that certain aspects of the current vetting system are inadequate to thoroughly vet the number of refugees Obama has pledged to admit to the U.S.

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Donald Trump and Family Talk to Barbara Walters About His Presidential Run, What His Kids Think of Their Upbringing, and How He Is Handling the Role of Grandpa Trump

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Donald Trump seems to have it all. He’s expanded his real estate company into a multibillion-dollar Trump brand, had a long-running reality TV series and behind the scenes, he has a supportive family — his three eldest children all work for his company, The Trump Organization.

But there is one thing he doesn’t have.

“The one thing that I want right now is the presidency because I don’t want it for myself,” he told Barbara Walters. “I don’t need it for myself, for my ego. I just think I’d do a great job.”

Donald Trump, his wife Melania and four of his children all sat down with Barbara Walters for an interview on ABC News’ 20/20 to talk about their family, home life, and how they feel about Trump’s run for the White House.

Here are some of the biggest highlights from Walters’ interview with the Trump family:

1. Donald Trump Considered Going to Film School

As a child, Trump said his first fantasy was to become a baseball player.

“Catcher, first base, but, you know, might have been able to do it but in those days you got paid $2, right?” he said, laughing.

But his other fantasy from growing up, he said, was that in high school and early college he thought he wanted to make movies.

“I was going to apply to the university — to USC [University of Southern California], the movie school, which was one of the great movie schools and I decided not to,” he said. “I decided to go into the real estate business.”

2. Donald Trump Recalls When He Decided to Run for President

Trump has flirted with running for president multiple times over the years, but said the first time he seriously considered it was in 2012.

“The time I really thought about it [running for president] was last time when Mitt Romney ran, and he ran and I decided not to do it,” Trump told Walters. “I had a lot of obligations. I was– signed a contract with The Apprentice, and I had a lot of buildings under construction, I was doing a lot of things. It was sort of difficult to do it then.”

“Now, I’m perfect,” Trump continued. “It’s perfect, although I gave up two seasons of The Apprentice to do it.”

3. Donald Trump Thinks of Himself as a ‘Unifier’

“I am a nice person, but I think the thing that will surprise people, I’ll be a unifier,” he said. “I think I’ll bring people together, and that includes blacks and whites and everything. I think people will come together.”

4. Donald Trump on Immigration and Building a Wall on the US-Mexico Border

“We have to build a wall,” Trump told Walters. “We have to create a border. We have to have a wall. We’re going to have a wall. It’s going to be a real wall, not a little wall that they drive trucks with drugs over the top of it.”

“And it’s not going to be hard to build,” Trump added. “It’s got to be done, hey, who’s better at building than me? I know exactly what to do.”

Trump has come under fire for disparaging remarks he has made about immigrants. In his immigration reform plan he rolled out in August, Trump calls for the deportation of millions of undocumented workers in the U.S. and called for the end to birthright citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants.

In his interview with Walters, Trump said when it comes to undocumented immigrants, he wants to deport the whole “family unit,” men, women and children.

“The people that are here legally, Hispanics, like me because they don’t want people coming in and taking their jobs,” he said.

When asked if he spoke Spanish, Trump said, “This is an English-speaking country, remember?”

Trump has also been very vocal about wanting to ban all Syrian refugees from coming into the U.S.

“We have no idea who the people are,” Trump said. They have no papers. They have no paperwork. You can get forged documents very easily in Syria… “We have no idea who they’re letting into our country and our country has enough problems.”

5. Donald Trump on Going After ISIS

In the wake of the Paris attacks, France launched a series of airstrikes on ISIS targets in eastern Syria. The French Ministry of Defense announced it had dropped 20 bombs on ISIS’s de facto capital Raqqa just hours after the attacks.

The U.S., which launched a coalition against the Islamic State group in Iraq last year and expanded its campaign to Syria in September, also sent FBI agents to Paris to help with the terrorist investigation.

When asked if the U.S. should declare war on ISIS, Donald Trump said, “I think so.”

“Right now, we’re being so politically correct, nice and gentle, nice and gentle,” he said. “Right now they’re getting people who have this great respect for ISIS because ISIS is getting away with murder. They’re knocking out airplanes, they’re knocking out night clubs in Paris… you can’t let that happen.”

“You got to take them out swiftly and strongly,” he continued. “These people are crazy, OK? These people are crazy.”

If he were in the White House today, Trump said, “I would be saying, ‘Let’s go folks.’”

“I’m the most militaristic person,” he added. “I will make our military so strong and so powerful, nobody is going to mess with us.”

6. What Donald Trump Will Do If He Loses the Republican Nomination

If Trump doesn’t win the Republican nomination for president, he said he would go back to what he was doing before.

“Everyone says, ‘Oh you’ll never lose.’ Look, you can always lose,” he told Walters. “You’re going against people that are senators and governors, they’re not stupid people. You can lose the nomination, you can lose the election. What’s next? I go back to what I doing.”

“I loved what I was doing,” he added. “I love doing it. To be honest with you. I’ve built a great company, but this [the presidency] is just a greater calling… But I think this is just a greater calling I mean, this is the ultimate calling.”

7. Donald and Melania Trump on Their Marriage

Melania Trump was born in Slovenia when it was still part of Yugoslavia. She went to university to study architecture when she was discovered at age 17 by a major fashion photographer and moved to New York City.

It was at a New York Fashion Week party in 1998 that she met Donald Trump.

“He was very charming and… we had a great sparkle,” Melania told Walters. “He came with a date, so he asked me for the number and I said… ‘I will not give you my number, so if you give me your numbers I will call you.’”

“He was known as kind of a lady’s man,” she continued, laughing. “But, we had great chemistry the first time.”

“We’ve had great chemistry ever since,” added Donald Trump.

When they got married in 2005, Melania was Trump’s third wife and he already had four children from two previous marriages. His first wife was Ivana Zelnickova until the couple divorced in 1992, and then he married actress Marla Maples a year later. They called it quits in 1999.

Now having been married to Melania for 10 years, Donald Trump said what makes this marriage different for him is the benefit of time.

“I’ve gone through tremendous amounts of everything, deals and building companies and taking care of people,” he told Walters. “It hurts a marriage because you’re working all the time… what I did is I worked so hard that I think it was a very, very hard thing for somebody to compete with.”

Melania said she didn’t have any concerns about her husband being married twice before.

“We have great chemistry,” she said. “To be with a man as my husband is — you need to know who you are… you need to have a very independent life as well and supporting him, you need to be very smart and quick, and be there for him when he needs you.”

Melania said she has been absent from the campaign trail so she can stay home with her and Donald’s son, 9-year-old Barron, and admits Donald being away on the campaign trail has been tough.

“When he comes home we spend time together, two of us, or two of us and Barron, and– just spending home and be at home, because that’s a really quality time together,” she said.

8. Melania Trump on What Kind of First Lady She Would Be

If Donald Trump wins the presidency, Melania Trump will be the first foreign-born First Lady since John Quincy Adams wife, Louisa, and she would be the first to have posed in revealing photos for magazines like Sports Illustrated.

But Melania said she doesn’t believe her past modeling career is a liability to her husband’s image.

“I think people will always judge, and maybe they will say, ‘Oh, the past that you have, the way you were modeling,’ That’s part of the job that I was doing,” Melania told Walters. “I was a very successful model and I did some photo shoots.”

“If I’m lucky enough to win… the public will be so lucky to Melania as the First Lady,” Trump added. “She will be so beautiful and elegant and good from the heart.”

When asked what sort of causes she would take up as First Lady, Melania said she is already involved in “many, many charities.”

“Many different charities involving children, involving many different disasters,” she said. “If the time comes I will choose what is dearest to my heart.”

9. Donald Trump’s Children on What He Taught Them About Privilege

Four of Donald Trump’s five children, Donald Jr., Ivanka, Eric and Tiffany Trump, talked with Barbara Walters about what they see in the man they all call Dad. Trump’s youngest, his 9-year-old son Barron with Melania Trump, did not attend the interview because he was at school.

The four eldest all said that their father had pushed them to work hard since they were little.

“We refer to it as ‘The Trump Guilt,’ when we wake up on Saturday and we’re not working,” Donald Jr., 37, said, laughing. “To say we weren’t spoiled would be laughable, but we were spoiled with great education, great experiences.”

“We weren’t the kids showing up to college with, you know, a Ferrari. That was not the way we were brought up,” he continued. “We always had to sort of earn whatever it is that we wanted. And that drive, I think, prevented us from doing a lot of the other things that you’ve seen as, you know, downfalls, perhaps, in other children who have similar circumstances.”

Ivanka, 34, agreed and said their father had taught them “since birth” that they “were lucky to have been afforded” such a luxurious lifestyle.

“He was the first to tell us how privileged we are. And with that privilege how much responsibility we had to really sort of earn,” she said.

“Well, that’s the right word ,’earn,’ added Eric Trump, 31. “I mean, he made us work. … we were on construction sites, and we were working, and at the end of the day, you were tired, and you earned minimum wage, and you’d take that money that you had and you’d go out and spend it on something good.”

10. The One Thing Donald Trump’s Kids Say Their Dad Needs to Work On

Trump’s children have long said they are his biggest cheerleaders. Although their dad has been criticized for the remarks he has made about immigrants, women, including commenting on GOP rival Carly Fiorina’s looks, Trump’s children say there is nothing their father has said on the campaign trail or at the GOP debates that have bothered them.

“He’s not a big believer in P.C. culture where every statement you make you have to vet very carefully through thousands of people,” Donald Jr. said. “But if people really break down what he’s trying to say, there’s no malice in there. He’s just cutting through the nonsense and getting to the point and not wasting time. That’s what he does.”

“He’s true to himself,” added Tiffany Trump, 22. “And he speaks in a way that the average person can understand. I think that’s refreshing for everyone.”

The only thing Ivanka and Donald Jr., would say is that their dad loves McDonald’s and they wished he would eat healthier and maybe slow down.

“Sometimes I tell him, like, ‘Oh, you have to, you know, slow down,’” Ivanka said. “But it’s the only speed he knows, and I kind of love that about him.”

11. What Donald Trump’s Children Think of Him as a Grandfather

Donald Trump has seven grandchildren, ranging in age from 8 years old to 17 months, with one on the way.

Donald Jr., who was married in 2005, has five kids of his own, while Ivanka, who was married in 2009, has two children and is pregnant with her third, and both said Grandpa Trump has been great with the little kids.

“He’s at a different stage in his life,” Donald Jr., said of his dad. “He’s able to relax a little bit more and be a grandfather. I can see my kids just running up to him and giving a hug… They just respect him a lot.”

Ivanka joked that her children already have started to take after their grandfather.

“A few months ago… we’re walking down the street, and my daughter sees a large pot hole in the middle of a New York City street… And she goes, ‘Mom, Grandpa would not like that,’” Ivanka said. “So it’s very cute… and she’s 4. So she’s observed him.”

Donald Jr., said his youngest sibling, 9-year-old Barron, has also bonded with his children.

“He’s very close to my 8-year-old and my almost 7-year-old,” Donald Jr., said. “They have a great relationship. So it’s almost — we joke, ‘you have to really respect your uncle,’ even though there’s a one year difference,” so that drives my kids crazy… But they play almost as though they’re, you know, cousins or brothers and sisters.”

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Chris Christie’s Flight Delayed For Hours By ‘Disruptive’ Passenger

ABC/Randy Sager(SAN FRANCISCO) — Republican presidential candidate Gov. Chris Christie was traveling on a United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Boston Friday morning when another passenger was removed from the flight, causing at least a four hour delay.

“United Airlines is working to accommodate customers of flight 1108 to Boston after the flight was delayed in San Francisco due to a disruptive customer on board,” a spokesperson for the airline said in a statement.

Two sources tell ABC News the person in question refused to obey crew instructions as the plane was taxiing. The passenger was taking pictures, not seated and not obeying crew instructions so a decision was made to return to the gate.

In a statement, Christie campaign spokeswoman Maria Comella said Christie was with an aide and a member of his security detail at the time.

“At no point did Governor Christie interact with this passenger nor did this passenger pose a verbal or physical threat to the Governor,” the statement said.

The Christie campaign wouldn’t answer any further questions and instead said all inquiries should be directed to United.

On my way to #Newsgeist, spotted @ChrisChristie at San Francisco airport.

— Moiz Syed (@MoizSyed) November 20, 2015

One of the passengers on board, David Berlind, told ABC News that the passengers were told over the PA system that the plane had to return to the gate.

Berlind added that “passengers sat on the plane for a while when people came on board and checked bathrooms and overhead bins.”

Christie had been in California fundraising.

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