Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) continued to try to distance himself from his party’s presumptive presidential nominee on Tuesday, saying he was not aware of Donald Trump’s recent statements on barring Muslim immigrants in the wake of Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando.
“I don’t know what his position is,” Hogan said, when asked about Trump’s stance. “I don’t care about Donald Trump. I don’t listen to Donald Trump.”
Hogan, a first-term governor in a deeply blue state, has repeatedly tried to deflect questions about Trump and his candidacy. Last week, he declined to say whether the outspoken billionaire was fit to be president.
In response to the Orlando mass shooting, Trump on Monday expanded his call for a temporary ban of Muslim immigrants and vowed, if elected, to shut down immigration from countries “where there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States.”
Republicans lawmakers on Capitol Hill rejected the idea. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said a ban was not “in our country’s best interest,” and called for “a security test, not a religious test” for immigrants.
Meanwhile, Hogan on Tuesday repeated his concerns about resettling Syrian refugees in Maryland, calling his request last fall to halt the flow of refugees a “very reasonable and a very moderate one.
“I said that we wanted to make sure that proper vetting was done and that background checks were done before refugees came in, and the FBI said at that time that they weren’t able to do it,” Hogan said. “We asked the federal government for assurances, and we never got it, and nothing’s happened since then.”