I Love Muslims, They Are Great People: Donald Trump

| September 20 , 2015 , 20:58 IST
[caption id="attachment_69983" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump (File Photo: AP) Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump (File Photo: AP)[/caption] "I love the Muslims. They're great people," Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has said and stated that he would be open to having a member from the community in his Cabinet if he comes to power after 2016 polls. The Republican presidential front-runner made the remarks after addressing high school students in Urbandale, Iowa, at their homecoming yesterday. Asked whether Muslims pose a danger to the country, the 69-year-old real estate tycoon was quoted by CNN as saying, "I love the Muslims. I think they're great people." During a question-and-answer session with students, Trump was unable to avoid being asked about the latest political controversy dogging his campaign -- his decision not to correct a supporter this week who called president Barack Obama a Muslim. ALSO READ: Donald Trump Declines To Correct Man Who Says Obama Is Muslim A student told Trump that she considered Muslim-Americans to be an important segment of the country. Asked whether he would consider putting a Muslim in his Cabinet or on his ticket, the billionaire businessman said, " Oh, absolutely. No problem with that." At a New Hampshire town hall on Thursday, a supporter stated that Obama was a Muslim and not American — which Trump did not correct — and asked the candidate how he plans to "get rid of" Muslims in the country. ALSO READ: US Presidential Race: Republican Contender Bobby Jindal Brands Donald Trump As ‘Madman’ "We're going to be looking at a lot of different things. You know, a lot of people are saying that and a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening," Trump had responded without correcting the supporter, inviting a barrage of criticism. Under fire from critics, Trump sent out a series of tweets yesterday, defending why he chose not to correct the supporter. "Am I morally obligated to defend the president every time somebody says something bad or controversial about him? I don't think so!" Trump wrote. In another tweet, he said: "If I would have challenged the man, the media would have accused me of interfering with that man's right of free speech. A no win situation!"