Trump chief of staff says no registry “based on religion”, defends staff picks
Reince Priebus, the incoming White House chief of staff, spoke to ABC about a range of issues including the much spoken of “Muslim registry”.
Priebus stated, “We’re not going to have a registry based on a religion.” He added that “some people, certainly not all people… are radicalized. And there are some people that have to be prevented from coming into this country.”
The incoming chief of staff also addressed concerns about future National Security Adviser Mike Flynn who reportedly said that Islam is “a political ideology that hides behind being a religion”.
Priebus was asked if Flynn was “in line with how President-elect Trump views Islam”. He responded by saying “I think so.” But then went on to moderate the quote in question by saying, “I mean look… phrasing can always be done differently but clearly there are some aspects of that faith that are problematic – we know them, we’ve seen it – but it certainly isn’t a blanket for all people of that faith.”
The incoming chief of staff also offered important clarifications regarding the new administration’s policy on immigration from Muslim countries while defending the backgrounds and reputations of important staff picks like Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and others.
The entire interview appears above this article summary.