Edinburgh: Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has changed his stance on the proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States citing that he only wants to ban those from countries with heavy terrorism.
Though his former stance has been the central issue of his campaign, but he has described his position on the ban differently since the mass shooting in Orlando on June 12 where a gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 others.
In an interview to CNN, Trump’s spokeswoman Hope Hicks said the New York billionaire supports barring only Muslims from “terror states”, not all Muslims.
Even Trump yesterday indicated the ban is not ironclad and that he would consider allowing the Muslims from states with heavy terrorist activity to enter the U.S., as long as they are vetted strongly, suggesting that the U.S. would more closely scrutinize all individuals seeking to enter the country.
“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,” CNN quoted him as saying.
Later in an interview with Bloomberg Politics, he also focused on the need to ban individuals from “terrorist countries”.
“I want terrorists out. I want people that have bad thoughts out. I would limit specific terrorist countries and we know who those terrorist countries are,” he said.