Trump Pivots: Only Muslims From ‘Terrorist Countries’ Would Be Banned

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After previously proposing a total ban on Muslims entering the United States, Donald Trump’s campaign said Saturday that only Muslims from countries gripped by terror would be subject to his ban.

During a tour of his new golf course in Scotland, Trump was asked if he would permit a Scottish Muslim to enter the country under his foreign policy. Trump replied, “wouldn’t bother me,” according to the Washington Post.

“I want terrorists out. I want people that have bad thoughts out. I would limit specific terrorist countries and we know who those terrorist countries are,” Trump also said.

Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in a follow-up email to the paper that he advocated that revision to the Muslim ban in a recent policy speech. But as the Post points out, Trump didn’t mention Muslims in that speech, and only called for a temporary ban on “certain people” coming from countries with “tremendous terrorism,” which was read as the billionaire widening the scope of his proposed ban.

That’s a dramatic shift from December 2015, when Trump first called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until the country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

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