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WASHINGTON: As the world waits with bated breath to find out who assumes the role of the most powerful man in the world by becoming the next President of the United States of America, both candidates vying for the Oval Office are under the spotlight. Donald Trump, known for his blunt remarks and outrageous statements, could be the next US President. Here are ten statements made by the billionaire which have raised a few eyebrows in the past and continue to do so:-

1 If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, I’d perhaps be dating her

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During a talk show on a renowned channel, Trump once joked that if he weren’t father to his daughter Ivanka Trump, he’d perhaps be dating her. The raunchy remark incited an awkward laugh from his daughter.

2 Donald Trump is calling for a total shutdown of Muslims from entering the United States till our country’s representatives can figure out what is happening

Taking bigotry and racism to an altogether new level, Donald Trump called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States following a terrorist attack. The statement was condemned from all quarters, including fellow Republicans who were shocked as well as disgusted at the obvious racism inflicted by Trump.

3 All the women on The Apprentice flirted with me, consciously or unconsciously–that’s to be expected

Trump made this presumptive and outrageous statement in his 2004 book How To Get Rich. Needless to say, the statement angered women around the world, with feminists urging the business tycoon to render an apology.

4 When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.

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Yes, he did label an enormous amount of Mexicans as drug dealers, criminals and rapists. Trump was gracious enough to say after bashing the whole Mexican nation that “Some, I assume, are good people”.

5 You wouldn’t have your job if you weren’t beautiful

Donald Trump was crude enough to say the above hurtful statement to a female reporter, right after saying that ‘looks do matter’.

6 I will build a wall and make Mexico pay for that wall

Talk about a weird manifesto. Donald J Trump actually went so far as to say that he would build a wall to keep out Mexicans and not only that but make the Mexican government pay for the expenses that would be incurred in the construction of such a wall.

7 I am prepared to let South Korea and Japan become nuclear powers

Apparently, the potentially next US President would have no qualms with a nuclear arms race in Asia.

8 We need unpredictability–Trump on the use of nuclear weapons

So Donald Trump apparently wants to be seen as unpredictable and ambiguous when it comes to ever using nuclear weapons. Probably not the best statement when you’re trying to become the next leader of the world.

9 I’d bring back waterboarding and a lot worse

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In case you didn’t know, waterboarding is a torture technique. Donald Trump said he would legalise that and, to quote him, ‘a lot worse’ as well.

10 Crude statements about women in general

In a leaked video, Donald Trump can be seen and heard as well, making offensive remarks about women in general which are just too abusive to be written down.