Washington: Donald Trump, who courted global controversy with remarks on “temporarily” banning Muslims from entering the US, yesterday appeared to be slightly softening his hardline stance saying the proposal was “just a suggestion” until the issue is worked out.
Donald Trump. File pic
“We have a serious problem, it’s a temporary ban, it hasn’t been called for yet, nobody’s done it, this is just a suggestion until we find out what’s going on,” said the Republican presumptive presidential nominee.
In December, Trump had called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the US until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” which had triggered global outrage.
“We have radical Islamic terrorism all over the world, you can go to Paris, you can go to San Bernardino, all over the world, if they want to deny it, they can deny it, I don’t choose to deny it,” he said responding to a question on newly-elected London Mayor Sadiq Khan. Trump said he would exempt Khan and let him come to the US.
“My message to Trump and his team is that your views of Islam are ignorant.
It is possible to be a Muslim and live in the West. It is possible to be a Muslim and love America,” Khan had said.