A spokeswoman for Donald Trump, Katrina Pierson, on Monday pushed back against reports that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has altered his stance on banning Muslims from the United States, insisting in a confusing CNN interview that Trump always limited the ban to immigrants.
CNN’s Brianna Keilar asked Pierson about Trump’s recent comments that he would only bar Muslims from “terrorist countries” and a CNN report that Trump would alter his stance.
Pierson said that Trump’s initial proposal to bar Muslims from the U.S. “was a line that he read” from his immigration policy.
“So the context there is extremely important. We’ve said this a number of times throughout the few months,” she said. “Mr. Trump is going to be refining his policy — putting out more specific details, which everyone’s been asking for, but there has been no change. He still does not want to allow individuals to come into this country who cannot be vetted.”
“Individuals or Muslims?” Keilar then asked.
Pierson then focused on Trump barring immigrants who “cannot be vetted.”
“Well, it doesn’t matter really where you’re coming from, except for the fact of the terrorist nations, which he is adding to this policy to make it more clear that if you are coming from a hostile nation, and you cannot be vetted, absolutely you should not come unto this country,” she said. “But individuals are the same. We cannot allow individuals to come into this country that cannot be vetted.”
Keilar asked Pierson how it’s not a change in policy to no longer focus on banning Muslims and instead on banning certain individuals.
“The initial ban on Muslims immigrating into the country that cannot be vetted, he still does not want to come into this country,” Pierson responded. “If you can be vetted, it’s a different story. Mr. Trump is talking about those that potentially are a threat to this nation.”
She said that Trump is merely clarifying that his ban is only on Muslims and individuals immigrating to the U.S.
“This is simply an immigration position,” Pierson said.
Watch the interview via CNN: