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Trump Attempts to Clarify Comments on Muslim-Tracking Database Amid Public Outcry

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"It's all about management."

In this Sept. 25, 2015, file photo, Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, speaks during the Values Voter Summit, held by the Family Research Council Action in Washington. Trump is set to roll out a tax plan Monday, Sept. 28, he says will reduce rates for lower and middle-income families as well as corporations, while increasing rates for some, like hedge fund managers who he says don’t pay enough. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)\n

WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) -- Donald Trump says he didn't suggest creating a database to track Muslims in America, but instead was answering a question from a reporter about the idea.

In a tweet sent Friday, the Republican presidential front-runner adds that "we must defeat Islamic terrorism" and "have surveillance, including a watch list, to protect America."

On Thursday, Trump was asked by a reporter from NBC News if there should be a system that "tracks Muslims" in the U.S.

"There should be a lot of systems, beyond databases," Trump said.

The billionaire businessman added that he would "certainly implement" a policy to do just that.

Trump said Muslims would be signed up at "different places" and added, "It's all about management."

Asked whether registering would be mandatory, Trump responded: "They have to be."

Trump's rival Republican presidential candidates condemned the database idea on Friday, with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush calling it "abhorrent."

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