Incoming Trump chief of staff, Priebus, says there will not be a registry based on religion but a new vetting system will have to be put in place.
WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 20, 2016) (NBC’S ‘MEET THE PRESS’) – The incoming president-elect Donald Trump’s chief of staff of Reince Priebus, was interviewed by NBC’s Chuck Todd for ‘Meet The Press,’ on Sunday (November 20) where he was asked about whether Trump plans to have a Muslim registry introduced as policy when he takes over the United States presidency in January 2017.
“Look I’m not going to rule out anything but I wouldn’t, we’re not going to have a registry based on religion, but what I think what we’re trying to do is say that there are some people certainly not all people chuck there are some people that are radicalized and there are some people that have to be prevented from coming into this country,” Priebus said.
“President Trump’s position, is consistent with bills in the House and the Senate that say the following: If you come, if you want to come from a place or an area around a world that harbors and trains terrorists we have to temporarily suspend that operation until a better vetting system is put in place,” Priebus added.
Last year, as he was campaigning to become the Republican Party’s presidential nominee, Trump drew widespread condemnation when he agreed on-camera to the idea of a government database to keep track of Muslims in the United States.
Thousands of Americans have pledged online to stand in solidarity with Muslims in the United States amid suggestions from President-elect Donald Trump’s camp that he is mulling a national registry for immigrants from Muslim countries.
On Friday (November 18), more than 13,000 people had signed a pledge on website Register US, promising to register as Muslims in the event of a national Muslim database being rolled out, so as “to stand together with Muslims across the country.”
There were about 3.3 million Muslim people living in the United States in 2015, according a recent estimate by the Washington-D.C.-based Pew Research Center, a non-partisan think tank.