World

Trump defends call for banning Muslims from United States

Donald Trump insisted he wasn’t seeking to discriminate against Muslims.

Donald Trump insisted he wasn’t seeking to discriminate against Muslims.   | Photo Credit: Mark J. Terrill

"We are not talking about religion, we are talking about security," he said.

Republican front-runner Donald Trump defended his provocative call for >banning Muslims from the United States in Tuesday night’s presidential debate, but his plan was brushed aside as unserious by his rivals as they outlined their own approaches for preventing attacks in the United States.

“Donald is great at the one-liners, but he’s a chaos candidate and he’d be a chaos president,” former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said as the fifth Republican presidential debate opened in Las Vegas.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio said of Mr. Trump’s proposal, “It isn’t going to happen.”

Mr. Trump insisted he wasn’t seeking to discriminate against Muslims.

“We are not talking about isolation, we’re talking about security,” he said. “We are not talking about religion, we are talking about security.”

Tuesday’s debate was the first for Republicans since the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, that increased concerns about terrorism in the United States. Hours before the debate was to begin, officials in Los Angeles closed all schools after an email threat that was later deemed a hoax.

A letter from the Editor


Dear reader,

We have been keeping you up-to-date with information on the developments in India and the world that have a bearing on our health and wellbeing, our lives and livelihoods, during these difficult times. To enable wide dissemination of news that is in public interest, we have increased the number of articles that can be read free, and extended free trial periods. However, we have a request for those who can afford to subscribe: please do. As we fight disinformation and misinformation, and keep apace with the happenings, we need to commit greater resources to news gathering operations. We promise to deliver quality journalism that stays away from vested interest and political propaganda.

Support Quality Journalism
Recommended for you
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Jun 2, 2020 5:06:47 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/donald-trump-defends-call-for-banning-muslims-from-united-states/article7995812.ece

Next Story