Priebus: Trump Won’t ‘Rule Out’ Registry Of Muslim-Americans

Though Donald Trump does not plan to create a federal registry to identify and monitor U.S. Muslims, he will not “rule anything out,” the president-elect’s chief of staff said Sunday.

Reince Priebus explained on “Meet the Press” on NBC: “We’re not going to have a registry based on a religion. What I think what we’re trying to do is say there are some people...that are radicalized, and there are some people that have to be prevented from coming into this country.” However, the chief of staff left open the possibility of a national database of Muslim-Americans as part of the administration’s efforts to prevent terrorist attacks in the United States.

When asked about Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump’s national security adviser, having said earlier this year that “fear of Muslims is rational,” Priebus responded that the president-elect “believes no faith in and of itself should be judged whole.” He added: “There are some people in countries abroad that need to be prevented from coming into this country. I think that’s where 99 percent of Americans are at.”

Newsmax reported that later on Sunday, during an interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” Priebus indicated that Trump agrees with Flynn. When asked whether the president-elect also thinks Islam is a political ideology posing as a religion, the chief of staff replied: “I think so.”

“Clearly there are some aspects of that faith that are problematic and we know them; we’ve seen it,” Priebus said. “It certainly isn’t a blanket for all people of that faith, but Mike Flynn is one of the most highly respected intelligence officers in America. Certainly no one can deny that.”

Source: Newsmax
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