Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering US a moving target

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Donald Trump’s proposal to bar Muslims from entering the United States is becoming harder to pin down, and he offered reporters different details Saturday while touring his golf course in Scotland. 

Trump told reporters that it “wouldn’t bother” him if a Muslim immigrated to the U.S. from a country like Scotland. 

{mosads}Then, in an interview with the, he seemed to expand on a shift away from focusing on religion toward a country-specific policy. 

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee seemed to say that he may allow Muslim immigrants from certain “terror countries” after applying extra scrutiny.

“I don’t want people coming in — I don’t want people coming in from certain countries,” Trump told the Daily Mail. “I don’t want people coming in from the terror countries. You have terror countries! I don’t want them, unless they’re very, very strongly vetted.

“People coming from the terror states — and you know who I’m talking about when I talk about the terror states — we are going to be so vigilant you wouldn’t believe it and frankly a lot will be banned,” Trump later told CNN.

Asked what constitutes a “terror country,” Trump responded: “They’re pretty well-decided. All you have to do is look!”

Trump’s national finance chair, Steve Mnuchin, told reporters: “It is about terrorism and not about religion. It is about Muslims from countries that support terrorism.”

Spokeswoman Hope Hicks said, “Nothing’s changed.” Earlier Saturday on CNN, Hicks said Trump would ban Muslims who are from “terror states.”

Trump’s position on the issue has shifted over the past months. Shortly after the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Calif., he called for a “total and complete shutdown” on Muslims entering the U.S. until the country “can figure out what’s going on.” 

In May, he said the idea was “just a suggestion.” 

In the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando that killed 49 and injured 53 more, Trump reaffirmed the need for some sort of ban, but he focused on location over religion. 

“I will suspend immigration from areas of the world when there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies, until we understand how to end these threats,” he said. 

On Saturday, speaking off the cuff to press between rounds of golf, Trump also revised his immigration policy, which previously called for the deportation of 11 million undocumented immigrants. 

“President Obama has mass deported vast numbers of people — the most ever, and it’s never reported. I think people are going to find that I have not only the best policies, but I will have the biggest heart of anybody,” Trump said.  

He added: “No, I would not call it mass deportations,” when pressed about details. 
In a series of tweets Saturday night, Trump clarified his earlier statements, saying, “We must suspend immigration from regions linked with terrorism until a proven vetting method is in place.”
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