By Tracey Tong –
Although Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has long stood by his belief that Muslims should be banned from entering the United States, he recently softened his stance.
Trump said that he’s now flexible, but that he wants and needs to examine the issue of radical Islam before he makes his final call.
He called his original belief that Muslims should be prevented from entering the country “a temporary ban,” and said that he wants to get to the bottom of the issues before making a decision. He previously stated that the proposed ban on Muslim entry would be temporary, but has never said how long that would last.
The real estate developer made waves in December when he called for a complete shutdown of Muslims entering the country until the government could figure out what was happening. This was around the time tens of thousands of Syrians fled their homeland, leading to an immigration crisis in Europe. His Republican and Democratic opponents hammered him on the issue, and there was speculation that it was due to this pressure that Trump recently revised his statement on national television.
Trump stated that because he has not yet been elected, his views were just suggestions, that no decisions have yet been made and that he is not firm on the policy. He said that this would be subject to review by members of a prospective Trump administration. Trump is considered the presumptive Republican nominee after his rivals dropped out of the race.