Priebus Downplays Trump’s Muslim Ban And Mass Deportation Vows

AP

On the morning after Donald Trump was elected president, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus played down concerns about Trump enacting a ban on Muslim immigration or launching a mass deportation program for undocumented immigrants in an an appearance on MSNBC.

“I think everyone learns as they go through this process,” Priebus said, when asked about Muslims and Latinos who may have felt scared by the news of Trump’s election.

“He said that it wasn’t a matter of banning a particular religion from the United States but it was making sure that if immigration was coming from countries that were harboring terrorism, that we were going to look at the country and perhaps suspend temporarily immigration from that country,” Priebus continued. “He’s not calling for mass deportation. He said, no, only people who have committed crimes and only until all of that has been taken care of do we look at what we do next.”

Priebus was also asked if he was going to be Trump’s White House chief of staff. He said that they had not even begun discussing such a possibility, but suggested he would be open to it.

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