TRUMP: Yes, I would shut down mosques. Also, salaries of American workers are too high

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If you ask a friend about what they do or don't like about Donald Trump's platform, they'll probably tell you where they stand on his immigration policies…and then not go much further.


There may be several reasons for this, but one is probably that Trump has been surprisingly silent on other issues, especially social ones, that have come up during debates.

In an extensive interview on Fox News Wednesday, host Stuart Varney helped fill in some of these gaps.


The two most salient policy proposals Trump put forward in his responses: He would shut down mosques in America, and lower Americans' salaries.

Varney began the segment by telling Trump that Britain was considering closing some mosques in response to terror threats the country has received.

Would he do the same, Varney asked?

"I would do that, absolutely, Trump replied. "I think it's great."

Trump continued: "It depends, if the mosque is loaded for bear [sic]…you're certainly going to have to look at it."


He went on say that, as the British have proposed, he would also withdraw passports of citizens who had gone to fight for ISIS.

"Absolutely we could," he said, adding, "In this country that's been proposed for two years, but as usual our politicians can't get together on it."


Varney then asked him how he felt about raising the minimum wage to $15.

Trump's response: No thanks.

"One of the reasons companies are leaving is because salaries are too high," he said. "…So we have to be very very careful with that, that sounds so easy, but we have to be ver very competitive or we're going to lose all of our jobs in this country."


Varney also asked him about paid family leave. Trump demurred.

"Well it's something that's being discussed, I think we have to keep our country very competitive, so you have to be careful of it."


Here's the clip:


Rob covers business, economics and the environment for Fusion. He previously worked at Business Insider. He grew up in Chicago.

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