Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is calling changes to his proposed ban on foreigners entering the U.S. from countries “compromised by terrorism” an "expansion" of his Muslim ban.
That expansion could even include allies like France and Germany, Trump said Sunday during a TV interview.
“I actually don’t think it’s a rollback. In fact, you could say it’s an expansion,” Trump said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” in an interview that was to air Sunday morning.
Originally a ban on all Muslims entering the U.S., Trump changed his plan to one that focused on countries compromised by terrorism.
“I’m looking now at territory,” he told moderator Chuck Todd. “People were so upset when I used the word Muslim. Oh, you can’t use the word Muslim. Remember this. And I’m OK with that, because I’m talking territory instead of Muslim.”
Trump said he wants “extreme vetting” on everybody entering the country.
“We’re going to have tough standards,” he said. “And if a person can’t prove … that they’re from an area, and if a person can’t prove what they have to be able to prove, they’re not coming into this country. And I would stop the Syrian migration and a Syrian from coming into this country in two seconds.”
Todd raised the point that allies like France and Germany with large Muslim populations have also produced home-grown terrorists. Would they be included in the ban, he asked.
"We have problems in Germany and France," Trump said.
" I was going to ask that," Todd responded. "Would this limit immigration from France?... They have been compromised by terrorism."
"It's their fault because they allowed people over years to come into their territory and that's why Brexit happened," Trump said. "The UK said we're tired of this stuff. Listen to this.
"You can get to the point where you're not allowing a lot of people to come into this country," Todd pointed out.
"Maybe we get to that point."
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