U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he doesn't want Syrians coming into the U.S. ''because we don't know who they are''. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: At a campaign event in Birmington, Alabama on Saturday, U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said "I don't want the people from Syria coming in (to the United States) because we don't know who they are." "If I win, I have made it known, if I win, they are going back, we can't have them," he told an enthusiastic crowd. Trump's comments come a day after he drew criticism from White House rivals on Friday for saying he would implement a database to keep track of Muslims in the United States and require them to register in response to the attacks in Paris. Trump, speaking to an NBC News reporter after a campaign appearance in Iowa on Thursday night, was asked if there should be a database to monitor Muslims in the United States. "I would certainly implement that, absolutely," he said in on-camera comments. Asked how that differed from efforts last century to track Jews in Nazi Germany, he said: "You tell me." On Friday, Trump deflected criticism of the remarks, saying in a tweet: "I didn't suggest a database-a reporter did. We must defeat Islamic terrorism & have surveillance, including a watch list, to protect America." His comments came amid renewed security concerns following the Islamic State attacks in Paris last week that killed at least 129 people, and a political fight over U.S. plans to take in 10,000 refugees from Syria. As the debate over terrorism gains prominence, polls show Republicans turning to Trump, a billionaire with no previous government experience, to tackle the issue. A Reuters/Ipsos poll after the attack found 33 percent of Republicans think he is best suited to address terrorism, leading the field.