Haley: No Muslim registry under Trump administration

Haley: No Muslim registry under Trump administration
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Nikki Haley, President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE's pick for ambassador to the United Nations, repudiated the idea of a registry for Muslim immigrants or Muslim Americans during her confirmation hearing Wednesday.

When asked about Trump's openness to the idea of a registry during a rapid-fire round of questioning, Haley swatted aside the suggestion as an idea from "early on" in the presidential campaign that Trump no longer supports.

"His administration and I don’t think there should be any registry based on religion," she said.

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"What we do need to do is know which countries are a threat and those are the ones we need to watch and be careful and vet," she said.

Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinThe Hill's Morning Report - What to watch for as Mueller’s probe winds down The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump escalates fight with NY Times The Hill's Morning Report - Can Bernie recapture 2016 magic? MORE (Md.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, pressed Haley on whether there could ever be justification for a registry of Muslim Americans in the country.

"No, there is not," Haley responded.

Trump said during the fall of 2015 that he would "absolutely" require Muslims to register in a database. He also called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S. from other countries. After backlash, he amended his push, calling for a ban on immigration from countries with terror ties.

Haley's direct repudiation of the registry stands in contrast from last week's confirmation hearing with secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson. While Tillerson ruled out a "blanket-ban" on Muslim immigration to America, he said he would need more information before deciding whether to support a registry of Muslims.