|Benjie Batanes |||Dec 08, 2015 08:31 AM EST|
(Photo : Sean Rayford/Getty Images) Trump has backtracked after his comments about Mexican judge Gonzalo Curiel attracted flak.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump issued a press release on Monday calling for a ban of all Muslims from coming to the U.S. The statement has since been denounced by presidential candidates from the Republican and Democratic party as well as the White House.
The BBC reported that Trump's supporters in South Carolina applauded when he once again reiterated the Muslim ban during a recently held rally.
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The Obama administration told the media that Trump's latest controversial statement is against the values of the American people and could jeopardize the national security of trhe country.
Another Republican presidential candidate Florida senator Marco Rubio called Trump's announcement "offensive and outlandish".
The comment from Trump was made due to a deadly attack last week that was reportedly initiated by a Muslim couple. At least 14 people were killed in an incident at a California health clinic.
U.S. President Barack Obama made a television appearance on Sunday, telling the American public to remain united.
The statement also included a report from conservative research Center for Security Policy which believes that a quarter of the country's Muslim population support the terrorist attacks against the U.S.
A Trump spokesperson, Corey Lewandwoski told reporters on Monday that the proposed policy will apply to both Muslim planning to immigrate to the U.S. and those who merely wish to visit the country as tourists.
This is not the first time that Trump has been denounced for his anti-immigration statements. Early during the campaign, Trump denounced Mexico for reportedly letting its "criminals" pour into the United States. He also made statements that urged the shutting down of mosques and surveillance of American Muslims.
Despite being criticized by both his party mates and those from the democrat party, Trump's supporters have approved of his proposals.
Spokesperson for the Council on American Islamic Relations Nihad Awad said that Trump is acting more like a lynch mob leader than a suitable President for the U.S.
Republican presidential candidate Senator Lindsey Graham also condemn Trump's latest statements and convinced other candidates to make public their stance against the New York realtor.
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