Trump Says Database Of Muslims Was Not His Idea, Then Calls For Watch List

Businessman and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a press conference at Trump Tower on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
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Donald Trump on Friday pushed back against reports that he proposed creating a database of Muslims living in the United States, arguing that he made the comments in response to a question from a reporter.

In the same tweet noting the origins of his remarks about tracking American Muslims, Trump called for a “watch list,” though he did not specify who the list would target.

Trump was first asked about tracking Muslims during an interview with Yahoo News published on Thursday. When asked if he would consider registering American Muslims in a database, Trump did not rule it out.

“We’re going to have to — we’re going to have to look at a lot of things very closely,” he told Yahoo News.

Trump on Thursday night said he would “certainly implement” a database of Muslims when asked on Thursday night by NBC News.

And when asked if a database of Muslims in America could be compared to the Nazis registering Jews in Germany, Trump responded, “You tell me.”

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