Trump Points Finger at U.S. Muslims for Not Reporting Omar Mateen to Authorities

'For some reason the Muslim community does not report people like this,' GOP presumptive nominee tells CNN, adds that authorities must 'look at the mosques.'

Donald Trump pictured at a rally in, San Jose, California, June 2, 2016.
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump faulted the Muslim community on Monday for not reporting people like the man who carried out the Orlando gay nightclub attack, killing 49 people and wounding 53 others. 

Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, told CNN he thought Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen was known to people in the Muslim community as someone with a potential for violence. 

"You will find that many people that knew him felt that he was a whack job ... (that) something like this would have happened," Trump told CNN in a phone interview. "People that knew him, the ex-wife, other people. They don't report them. For some reason the Muslim community does not report people like this." 

Trump said the United States needed better intelligence-gathering to prevent such things from happening. 

"We have to look at the mosques ... and we have to look at the community," he said. "And believe me, the community knows the people that have the potential to blow up." 

In a separate interview with Fox News, Trump said the United States needs to increase its military response against Islamic State in the wake of the attack, including additional bombings.

Trump said that he would address acts of terrorism in a speech scheduled for later on Monday in New Hampshire, which he had earlier planned to use to target Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.