WASHINGTON: Donald Trump, who courted global controversy with remarks on “temporarily” banning Muslims from entering the US, on Thursday appeared to be slightly softening his hardline stance saying the proposal was “just a suggestion” until the issue is worked out.
“We have a serious problem, it’s a temporary ban, it hasn’t been called for yet, nobody’s done it, this is just a suggestion until we find out what’s going on,” Republican presumptive presidential nominee Trump told Fox Radio.
“We have radical Islamic terrorism all over the world, you can go to Paris, you can go to San Bernardino, all over the world, if they want to deny it, they can deny it, I don’t choose to deny it,” he said responding to a question on newly- elected London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
Trump said he would grant exemption to the Pakistani-origin mayor to come to the US under his presidency though he was critical of Khan.
“Well I assume he denies there is Islamic terrorism. There is Islamic radical terrorism all over the world right now. It’s a disaster what’s going on. I assume he is denying that.
I assume he is like our President that’s denying its taking place,” the real estate tycoon said to a question on an interview by Khan to CNN.
In December, Trump had called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” which had triggered global outrage.