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Trumps Remarks Could 'Inflame Muslim World'

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The Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security Mike McCaul doubts the constitutionality of Donald Trump’s call for a ban on all Muslims entering the U.S.

“If it is to ban all Muslims coming into the U.S., there is a question regarding the Constitution,” McCaul said.

McCaul made his remarks during a press breakfast in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

The Texan, who has been in the forefront of efforts to strengthen U.S. anti-terrorism efforts, twice declined to specifically answer questions as to whether Trump’s proposed Muslim ban is actually feasible.

Noting that the U.S. Constitution contains a provision guaranteeing freedom of religion, he said “my first obligation is to uphold the U.S. Constitution and I took the oath to uphold it. I don’t believe [Trump’s proposed Muslim ban] is constitutional.”

Although Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and other Republicans have voice doubts about the constitutionality of Trump’s ban, nationally syndicated radio host and constitutional lawyer Mark Levin said that the religious clause in the Constitution and the First and 14th Amendments guaranteeing rights apply to citizens and residents of the U.S. and not those outside the U.S. seeking to resettle.

The Homeland Security chairman went on to say that the “terrorist threat is real and it’s ideological. Radical, perverted Islam — that’s the threat. We should not keep all Muslims out — only those who would oppose our efforts to defeat the terrorist threat.”

When I pressed McCaul as to whether he would support Trump if he became the Republican nominee for president in 2016, the congressman replied that perhaps he and the controversial candidate “could have a discussion on national security issues.”

McCaul, who is neutral in the 2016 presidential race, went on to explain that he would like to be “one of the top advisers on national security” to any of the Republican hopefuls.

“All of them could use advice on national security,” he told us, “It’s an issue of such great importance. I hope I could serve them.”

In not ruling out supporting Trump or condemning his remarks as some other Republicans have, McCaul did warn that “rhetoric can influence the Islamic world and recruiting efforts [of ISIS]. Any statements can be counterproductive and used to vindicate their positions.”

Some controversial remarks about Muslims by U.S. politicians, he added, “could inflame the Muslim world” and be used for “propaganda purposes.”

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.

 


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