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Amid furore, Trump disowns Muslim database idea

Sat, Nov 21, 2015, 10:51 AM
Washington, Nov 21: As his call to create a database to track Muslims in America created a political furore, Donald Trump said the idea was not his, while presidential rival Ben Carson suggested a database for all immigrants.

As Republicans and Democrats rivals alike blasted the database proposal as "abhorrent" and "shocking," the real estate mogul said the notion that he would implement a database as a way to follow Muslims was not his.

"I didn't suggest a database - a reporter did," Trump tweeted Friday. "We must defeat Islamic terrorism & have surveillance, including a watch list, to protect America."

In response to a question from NBC News Thursday night whether there should be a "database system that tracks Muslims", Trump said "there should be a lot of systems beyond databases" and returned to his pet idea of building a wall across the US border.

When asked whether it was something a Trump White House would implement, he said, "Oh, I would certainly implement that - absolutely."

Trump has also said that he would close mosques and would not rule out the idea of giving Muslims identification cards noting their religion.

Retired neurosurgeon Carson, who has said that he would not support a Muslim for president, was repeatedly asked Friday whether he thought the country should track Muslims.

"I think we should have a database on everybody who comes into this country," Carson said in Concord, New Hampshire.

"Hopefully, we already have a database on every citizen who is already here. If we don't, we are doing a very poor job."
Agency: IANS

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