WOLF BLITZER: What's your reaction to Donald Trump saying that there should be a temporary ban on Muslims coming into the United States until the U.S. can figure out what's going on?
KING ABDULLAH II OF JORDAN: Well, I think that's the same challenge that we're being pushed to at the moment with, with the group that we're talking about. We're saying to those, you know, we've had this comment given to us by the United States, that we need to allow these refugees into the country. So we're going back to the United States, where these comments have been made, saying we understand. We are trying to bring people in, but we're trying to make sure that the mechanisms are put in place. Make sure - it's never going to be foolproof, but we're going to try and make it as, as sterile as possible. but we're accepting 50 to 100 every day from an area that we know is a major danger. Obviously, it's those that are ill, the elderly, women and children. I know some people can be callous and say let all the women in. But as we saw in California and as we've seen in Paris recently, women unfortunately have been part in terms of organization of terror strikes. But we can't ignore them and just keep refugees isolated. So you've just got to be smart and you've got to, you've got to think of the heart.
BLITZER: Because Donald Trump isn't just talking about refugees. He's talking about all the Muslims on a temporary basis not being allowed to come into the United States. You're the leader, you're a Muslim, you're a major Muslim leader from a Muslim country, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. You hear these comments, your reaction?
ABDULLAH: You're into an election cycle, so I don't think it's fair for you to ask a foreign leader to, to express his opinion on candidates in your country running for election.
BLITZER: In President Obama's State of the Union address, he said that the fight against ISIS should not be labeled another World War III because that, he said, plays into the hands of ISIS propaganda. You called this war against ISIS almost like a World War III. Do you, do you see this war against ISIS now as World War III?
ABDULLAH: I said that the war against the hawadi, the outlaws of Islam, is a third World War by other means, which is probably slightly different- It's not just ISIS. All these groups, whether they're from the Philippines, or in Indonesia, all the way to Tenali, these all the same, whether it's ISIS, Boko Haram, Al-Shabaad, Al- Nusra, wherever you find them around the world. And, again, as I said, from Asia all the way to the African continent, there is either a full out war or counter insurgency warfare. This is a global struggle-
BLITZER: The Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, says ISIS can be defeated this year. In the President's State of the Union address, he said that this is a war that's going to go on, it's going to be a generational war. What's your assessment?
ABDULLAH: Well, again, let's make the differentiation where we say ISIS, Syria Iraq, or we say this global war against the outlaws of Islam. And so ISIS in Syria and Iraq can be defeated very quickly, but the global war - what I call the third World War by other means - is, is one that is a generational one. Hopefully, the military security aspect is a short term, or the military part is a short term. The mid-term is going to be the intelligence and security aspect. The long-term is the ideological one and the educational one.
BLITZER: And that's a generational war?
ABDULLAH: That's the generational one that only inside Islam as we regain, we as Muslims, we regain the supremacy against the crazies, the outlaws, of our religion. But also reaching out to other religions that Islam is not what they have seen being perpetuated by 0.1 percent of our religion.
WOLF: The U.S. says that most of the air strikes against ISIS, of the U.S. air strikes coalition, other countries, whether the Europeans, Jordan, the UAE, Saudis, maybe six percent of the air strikes, basic - the suggestion is you, the coalition, is not doing enough.
ABDULLAH: I could tell the - I know the tickers of the amount air strikes that we did, not counting the amount of air patrols and reconnaissance flights that we did, we've been hitting tremendous amounts of our targets. We've always wanted to hit more. And I think that having a good relationship with the Secretary of Defense and there's a couple of generals in the Pentagon now that I think want to to go over the parapet. I think that you'll see an increase tempo. There, there's been, there's been some good operations. I can say that, from a Jordanian perspective, we want to see a bit more, and that's one of the reasons why I visited D.C. And it comes down to this issue of synchronization. How do we bring it all together? Now this is something that's been discussed over the past several months, and this is what we're trying to do now. Now where does - so what is Jordan's new maximum effort? What can we do to really close the circle? What do the Iraqis do, what do the Kurds do, what do the Kurds do in coordination with the rest of the coalition? And, again, Vienna is very important because how do we deal with the Russians? In my view, if we could get the Russians to be part of this synchronization, it would be even better. But, but that's the problem between Moscow and Washington.
BLITZER: Do you believe that Russian and Iran given the future of Syria, might abandon Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian leader, and allow him to sort of abdicate and go away?
ABDULLAH: My discussions with President Putin is we need to move the political process forward as quickly as possible. Obviously, there are those countries that say that Bashar has to leave today, and the Russians who say not before 18 months. And also about this from our point of view because obviously we have the Free Syrian Army in the south, and we're working with the Russians about creating a cease fire with armed forces in the south. And I specifically I have discussed this Putin. You can't expect to put their arms down, and, and abide by a cease fire if there's movement on, on, on the political process in Vienna. They're not going to sit there and for two months, and not expect something to happen. So the Russians are fully aware that sooner rather than later we have to have a mechanism that allows the process to move forward. And I think we all understand that that does mean the departure of Bashar.
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