(CNN) — Donald Trump warned Tuesday that there will be additional attacks on the U.S. if his temporary ban on Muslim immigration is not put on place.
“You’re going to have many more World Trade Centers if you don’t solve it – many, many more and probably beyond the World Trade Center,” Trump told CNN’s Chris Cuomo in a contentious interview on “New Day.”
A defiant Trump said he believes that there are already terrorists in America eager to harm the country.
“They want our buildings to come down. They want our cities to be crushed,” he said. “They are living in our country and many are outside of our country.”
Cuomo repeatedly pushed back against Trump’s plan as not what America stands for and the host noted that most of the developer’s Republican rivals have criticized it.
Trump said he didn’t care what the GOP thinks about his call to pause Muslim immigration.
“We can close our eyes,” Trump said. “We can put the blinders on, but I don’t usually do that.”
While Trump repeatedly said his plan would be temporary, he did not explain how long it would last or provide any details about it.
“It’s until the country’s representatives can figure out what’s going on,” he said.
The businessman also criticized President Barack Obama for refusing to acknowledge that America is at war with radical Islam.
“We are at war with radical Islamic terrorism,” Trump said. “We have a President that made a fool out of himself the other night. He doesn’t even mention the term. He refuses to use the term. Nobody understands why.”
“If you’re not going to even use the term, you’re never going to solve the problems,” he added.
Trump claimed that Obama administration has been welcoming only Muslim refugees from Syria, not Christians – which Cuomo told him was untrue.
“If you happen to be a Christian in Syria, it’s almost impossible to come into this country,” Trump said. “If you’re a Muslim, you can get in.”