Speaking to Fox News on Tuesday, US oligarch Donald Trump suggested that Brussels is a “hellhole.”
Although he spent most of the interview defending Vladimir Putin in the Litvinenko case, he spent the second half saying how Brussels has turned into hell because Belgium has failed to assimilate Muslims. Although last time he was in Belgium it was “beautiful” and that was “20 years ago,” Trump said Brussels was a hellhole. That was in the context of his call to impose a blanket prohibition of Muslim travel to the United States.
“Go to Brussels. Go to Paris. Go to different places. There is something going on and it’s not good, where they want Sharia law, where they want this, where they want things that — you know there has to be some assimilation. There is no assimilation. There is something bad going on,” he said.
Meanwhile, the US policy has addressed some of the the concerns raised by Donald Trump, reinstating visa requirements for European citizens that want to visit the US. Europeans that have previously traveled to Muslim countries or have an immigrant background, must first get a visa.
The suspect countries and ethnic origins are Iran, Iraq, Sudan, and Syria. If anyone has traveled to these countries over the last five years (March 2011) or have dual citizenship they are required to issue a visa. Essentially, the US is profiling “Paris-attack” citizens. The rule is in effect since Thursday, January 21st.
Journalists and international organization staff will be exempt. Nonetheless, BBC journalist Rana Rahimpour was stopped from boarding a US-bound plane in London’s Heathrow airport because of her dual British-Iranian nationality.