Donald Trump’s spokeswoman insisted Monday evening that, despite comments from the presumptive GOP nominee himself, the campaign’s position on banning Muslims is in no way changing.
Trump, speaking from his new resort in Scotland over the weekend, suggested the highly-controversial ban would no longer include all Muslims, telling reporters it “wouldn’t bother” him if a Scottish Muslim entered the United States. He later added his policy would focus mainly on “people coming from terror states.”
But according to Katrina Pierson, who condemned the media for peddling falsehoods, the ban never included all Muslims. Moments later, the Trump spokeswoman said it was about Muslim immigration.
“It’s only really a change if you never knew what the ban was to begin with,” Pierson told CNN anchor Brianna Keilar. “It was simply for Muslim immigration and Mr. Trump is simply adding specifics to clarify what his position is, as opposed to what the media has been reporting it is.”
Pierson insisted there has been “no change” to the policy, adding that Trump “wants to stop individuals from coming into this country who cannot be vetted.” However, that claim flies directly in the face of what the billionaire businessman said in December of last year following the deadly shootings in Paris and San Bernardino, California.
“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on,” Trump said in early December, reading from his statement on banning Muslims.
Regardless, Pierson stood by her position, telling Keiler the policy is not changing but instead Trump is simply “adding to this policy.” The CNN host then asked for more details on who would be allowed into the country.
Keiler asked Pierson to provide some clarity on the shifted policy, asking if Muslims who can be vetted would now be allowed into the U.S. The Trump operative seemingly indicated that would be the case.
Pierson was also pressed on what Trump’s proposed vetting process would be, given how strongly he has criticized the vetting processes of President Barack Obama’s administration.
“That is a question for the FBI and the CIA, who have told us they do not have a vetting process,” Pierson told the CNN anchor.
After a commercial break, Keiler read the current vetting process to Pierson, adding that she is “still unclear what countries” would be included in the ban.
Pierson said Trump will be continuing to lay out more details of his proposed ban, which she repeatedly claimed is not changing but is still being edited for clarity.
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