For the record, non-ideological media outlets aren't flat-out calling it a Muslim ban — just noting that the opposition is making that argument. The executive order makes no explicit mention of a
religion Islam, after all. (Correction: The order does mention religion, but not Islam specifically.)
- Asked about increasing surveillance of Muslims, Trump said: “We’re going to have to look at a lot of things very closely. We’re going to have to look at the mosques. We’re going to have to look very, very carefully.”
- Asked whether he would support a “full Muslim database,” he said: “Basically the suggestion was made and [is] certainly something we should start thinking about."
- Asked if he would rule out a database on all Muslims, he said no, but then shifted to talking about a database just of refugees. “No, not at all,” he said. “I want a database for the refugees that — if they come into the country. We have no idea who these people are."
BRODY: Persecuted Christians, we’ve talked about this, the refugees overseas. The refugee program, or the refugee changes you’re looking to make. As it relates to persecuted Christians, do you see them as kind of a priority here?TRUMP: Yes.BRODY: You do?TRUMP: They’ve been horribly treated. Do you know if you were a Christian in Syria it was impossible, at least very tough, to get into the United States? If you were a Muslim, you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible, and the reason that was so unfair, everybody was persecuted in all fairness, but they were chopping off the heads of everybody but more so the Christians. And I thought it was very, very unfair. So we are going to help them.