Watch the interview with Marine Le Pen on CNN Worldwide’s Amanpour at 2pm ET.
Trump signed an government order Friday barring residents of seven Muslim-majority international locations from getting into america for the subsequent 90 days and suspending the admission of all refugees for 120 days. The order additionally indefinitely suspends the Syrian refugee program.
Dubbed a “Muslim ban” by many, the order has been condemned by the international locations affected and Western European leaders.
“I feel that a lot of the reactions are in dangerous religion,” Le Pen, who is predicted to be a frontrunner in France’s presidential elections in April and Might, instructed CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.
“It’s a non permanent measure. It targets six or seven international locations, international locations that in fact are liable for terrorist threats.
“So I feel Donald Trump and his intelligence providers wished to arrange standards and situations to keep away from having potential terrorists enter america, the place they could commit assaults, the identical means that France was the sufferer of assaults,” she mentioned, declaring that many Muslim-majority international locations have a everlasting journey ban towards Israeli residents.
When requested whether or not she would impose the same ban in France, she averted answering instantly, saying solely that France needed to be “very vigilant” and to safe its borders.
“France not has any borders due to the EU,” Le Pen mentioned.
‘Wild and anarchic globalization’
Le Pen mentioned the flurry of government orders signed in Trump’s first days in workplace, which embrace chopping funds to help packages to erecting a wall alongside the US-Mexican border, didn’t shock her.
“He was elected and he mentioned that he was going to do that. And now the world appears to be scandalized as a result of he is implementing what he promised he would do throughout his marketing campaign,” she mentioned.
Le Pen is basking in main geopolitical shifts on this planet, seeing Trump’s rise and Britain’s vote to go away the European Union as a boon to her presidential campaign, which she has fought on an anti-immigration platform.
She referred to as for a cease to the move of immigrants coming into France, however mentioned she was not enthusiastic about mirroring Trump’s wall to guard French borders.
Whereas she mentioned she didn’t search for fashions overseas, Le Pen supported Trump’s anti-free-trade insurance policies, saying that “unfettered free commerce has led to a catastrophe.”
“I see that these concepts at the moment are being put into implementation by the British, following the referendum, and I feel following the election of Donald Trump that persons are additionally calling for an finish to this wild and anarchic globalization, and that we’re shifting in direction of better patriotism, to the preservation of tradition, of native jobs,” she mentioned.
The celebration chief repeated a promise to carry a referendum on leaving the European Union inside six months if she had been elected president. She mentioned she would first attempt to strike a deal to return territorial, financial and authorized sovereignty to France, and failing that, she would let the French folks vote on whether or not they wished to stay within the regional bloc.
On Tuesday, Le Pen locked horns with the European Parliament, lacking a deadline for repaying 300,000 euros that the Parliament says she misused.
The celebration chief denied the allegations within the interview and characterised the problem as a “political assault.” She mentioned she would refuse to pay again the cash.
“It is inadmissible. We’ve been persecuted by the EU Parliament. They’re our adversaries,” she mentioned, including that she had filed a criticism towards the European Anti-Fraud Workplace.
Russia sanctions ‘utterly silly’
Le Pen, a long-time supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin, additionally mentioned that she didn’t consider Russia had “invaded” Crimea and slammed the sanctions slapped on the nation.
“These sanctions are utterly silly. They haven’t solved any issues, they have not improved the scenario in any respect. All they’ve executed is create main financial issues for the EU,” she mentioned, including that the world would obtain some peace with a “step again from the Chilly Conflict.”