Donald Trump Says He Should Be a "Newscaster" for Initially Declaring New York Explosion a "Bomb"

The Hollywood Reporter

Donald Trump patted himself on the back Monday morning for talking about the explosion in New York almost immediately after it happened, labeling it a "bomb" before details had been confirmed to the public by authorities. 

While doing a phone interview on Fox & Friends, the GOP presidential nominee pushed back against critics who said it was inappropriate for him to state as fact the Saturday night explosion in New York City was a "bomb," which he did that evening, shortly after arriving in Colorado for a stump speech. Few details were known about the explosion at the time when Trump made the declaration. 

"I heard I was criticized for calling it correctly, but I was actually correct," Trump told the Fox & Friends hosts. "I should be a newscaster because I called it before the news."

The explosion, which occurred in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, injured 29 people, but no one was killed. The suspect, Ahmad Khan Rahami, was captured by police Monday after he was injured during a shootout with authorities. Rahami is also suspected of a planting a bomb in New Jersey. 

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On Monday, Trump once again stated that the U.S., in his opinion, needs to be more stringent about who is allowed within its borders. 

"There are many, many groups because we are allowing these people to come into our country and destroy our country and make it unsafe for people," Trump said. "We don't want to do any profiling. If someone looks like they have got a massive bomb on his back, we won't go up to that person because the problem is if he looks like he comes from that part of the world, you're not allowed to profile. Give me a break." 

.@realDonaldTrump slams "dishonest" CNN for editing out Clinton reference to NYC explosion as 'bombing' pic.twitter.com/EG2Yy63B4y

- FOX & Friends (@foxandfriends) September 19, 2016

.@realDonaldTrump: There are many foreign connections; people making US unsafe because we're not allowed to profile pic.twitter.com/t3lkTPSJ0M

- FOX & Friends (@foxandfriends) September 19, 2016