Former Vice President Dick Cheney argued against Donald Trump’s position on closing our borders to new incoming Muslim refugees saying, “this whole notion that somehow we can just say, ‘No more Muslims,’ and just ban a whole religion, goes against everything we stand for and believe in” on Monday’s Hugh Hewitt Show.
Cheney said, “I think this whole notion that somehow we can just say, ‘No more Muslims,’ and just ban a whole religion, goes against everything we stand for and believe in. I mean,religious freedom’s been a very important part of our history and where we — where it came from, a lot of people here — my ancestors got here because they were Puritans. Wasn’t anybody here then, when they came. It’s a mistaken notion.”
Chaney did agree that making sure refugees are not ISIS supporters, or members is “a serious problem.”
Cheney added, “You’ve got to set up a vetting process, and that’s crucial.”
He attributed the root causes of the refugee crisis to the lack of U.S. leadership, the quick rate that ISIS grew, and the Syrian civil war. Chaney suggested establishing a safe zone in Syria with “sufficient forces, hopefully of locals” makes sense, “a lot more sense than what’s happening now.”