In a controversial move away from his initial proposal, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has clarified that he never had intentions of banning all Muslims from entering the U.S., but rather all individuals from countries with high rates of terrorism.
“Well it’s only really a change if you never knew what the ban was to begin with,” Trump campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson told CNN anchor Brianna Keilar. “I know the news media has been reporting that the initial ban was against all Muslims and that simply was not the case. It was simply from Muslim immigration.”
“Mr. Trump is simply adding specifics to clarify what his position is as opposed to what the media has been reporting what it is,” Pierson continued. “’There has been no change to this. Mr. Trump still wants to stop individuals from coming into this country who cannot be vetted.”
Pierson went on to explain that Trump’s comments on banning Muslim immigrations were limited in scope to immigration only.
“The policy in and of itself was an immigration policy, so the context there is extremely important and we’ve said this a number of times throughout the few months,” she continued. “Since that statement was made, we’ve had the CIA and the FBI come out and tell us that we have ISIS soldiers who are infiltrating the refugee program coming into the United States.”
Pierson went on to clarify that the ban would actually expand farther than most people initially believed.
“It doesn’t matter really where you’re coming from, except for the fact of the terrorist nations, which is something he is adding to this policy to make it more clear,” she concluded.
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Source: American News