- See also: Travel ban
A Muslim ban on entry to the United States was proposed by then-candidate Donald Trump in response to a domestic terrorist attack perpetrated by an Islamic immigrant. Trump emphasized that the proposed travel ban would be temporary. Nonetheless, critics disregarded both its temporary nature and its relation to terrorism. They branded it (and him) as racist.
- While campaigning for president days after a terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Calif., Donald Trump called 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."
As to the length of the proposed ban, Trump said:
- Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses ...
In July 2017 President reminded the world that it is not Muslims per se whom he wishes to exclude but only people who oppose fundamental American ideals:
- While we will always welcome new citizens who share our values and love our people, our borders will always be closed to terrorism and extremism of any kind.
- Is Donald Trump's executive order a 'Muslim ban'? - February 3rd, 2017
- Remarks by President Trump to the People of Poland - July 6, 2017