New Hampshire: US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump sparked outrage after failing to condemn a call to purge the US of Muslims and claims that President Barack Obama is not an American.
The controversial Republican presidential candidate raised eyebrows when confronted with an outspoken questioner at the start of a town hall rally in New Hampshire last night, according to The Independent.
As questions from the audience got underway, a man stood up and told the billionaire: “We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims.
"We know our current president is one. You know he’s not even an American. Birth certificate, man.”
Interjecting, Trump said, “We need this question. This is the first question”, before the audience member continued.
The man said: “But, anyway, we have training camps growing where they want to kill us. That’s my question: When can we get rid of them?”
About the comments after the event, Trump’s team said: “Christians need support in this country. Their religious liberty is at stake.”
Before adding: “Trump was referring to the need to protect Christians’ religious liberties as his previous statement says and nothing more.
"To be clear, Trump's response to the question regarding training camps in this country was 'we will look into it'."
But Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton condemned Trump’s response to the questioner.
She tweeted: “Donald Trump not denouncing false statements about POTUS [President of the US] and hateful rhetoric about Muslims is disturbing and just plain wrong. Cut it out.”
Earlier in response to US President Obama’s announcement that the United States would accept 10,000 Syrian refugees, Trump warned that ISIS members could slip in among them.
“If you look at a lot of the people I have been watching on television, they have been men. There aren’t that many women", Trump told Fox News.
Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz branded Trump a racist, according to CNN.
“GOP frontrunner Donald Trump’s racism knows no bounds,” she said.
“This is certainly horrendous, but unfortunately unsurprising given what we have seen already.”