When asked about his plans to create a registry for Muslims and to establish a temporary ban for Muslim immigrants in the United States, President-elect Donald Trump seemed to double down on his earlier stand, saying, “You know my plans all along.”
Speaking to reporters outside his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, Trump added that the recent Christmas attack in Berlin, claimed by ISIS to be their doing, had vindicated his proposed plans. According to German authorities, a 24-year-old migrant from Tunisia, reported to have ties with the Islamic State, was responsible for the attack, which resulted in the deaths of 12 individuals and serious injury of dozens. The suspect was later killed in a shootout with police authorities in Milan.
“I’ve been proven to be right. One-hundred-percent correct,” Trump said.
Throughout the campaign trail, Trump has not shied away from making controversial comments about immigration issues. He has been a vocal advocate of establishing a registry of Muslims already in the United States, even once saying that he wanted a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
Not surprisingly, these statements drew fire from both Republican and Democrat lawmakers. This would force Trump and his senior aides to dial back down on the rhetoric and soften the proposal, saying that they would instead focus on banning immigrants from countries that were “compromised by terrorism.”
Most recently, however, Trump said that the plans outlined earlier in his campaign haven’t changed. Indeed, the statement proposing a total shutdown of Muslim immigrants is still up on the president-elect’s website. Trump has also yet to clarify how exactly he would tackle the immigration issue upon taking office.
Trump’s senior aides seem to be doing damage control. When asked by CNN whether the incoming Trump administration would support an immigration ban based on religion, Kellyanne Conway, a senior Trump aid, replied “That in and of itself? No.”
“You’re going back to over a year ago and what he said about the ban versus what he said later about it when he made it much more specific and talked about countries where we know they have a higher propensity of training and exporting and in some cases harboring terrorists,” she added.
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