Outrage over Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim remarks
Republicans, Democrats, Muslim leaders, the United Nations (UN) and foreign leaders criticised the call as dangerous and divisive.
Mr. Trump said many Muslims nursed a “hatred” towards America.
He said they should be banned “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on”.
His campaign manager said that would apply to “everybody” – would-be immigrants and tourists. But Mr. Trump told Fox News it would “not apply to people living in the country”, adding that Muslims serving in the U.S. military would “come home”.
Mr. Trump’s statement was delivered as the U.S. comes to terms with its deadliest terror attack since 9/11.
Last week. a Muslim couple, believed to have been radicalised, opened fire and killed 14 people at a health centre in San Bernardino.
Mr. Trump’s proposed ban prompted a horrified reaction from Republicans and others.
Rival candidate, Jeb Bush, called Mr. Trump “unhinged”, while former U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney said it “goes against everything we stand for and believe in”.
“Just foolish,” said Republican Arizona Senator, John McCain.
Mr. Trump’s comments were contrary to U.S. values and its national security interests, a statement from the White House said.
The United Kingdom’s Conservative Prime Minister, David Cameron, said they were “divisive, unhelpful and quite simply wrong”.
“Donald Trump sounds more like a leader of a lynch mob than a great nation like ours,’’ said Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
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