The White House Just Responded to Donald Trump

December 7th 2015

Diana Crandall

Shortly after Donald Trump called for a ban on all Muslim immigration and travel to the U.S. on Monday, the White House condemned Trump’s comments as “anti-American.”

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“It’s totally contrary to our values as Americans,” Ben Rhodes, President Barack Obama’s deputy national security advisor, said in an interview with CNN.

“We have in our Bill of Rights respect for the freedom of religion… [ISIS] wants to frame this as a war a between the United States and Islam," Rhodes said. "And if we look like we’re applying religious tests on who comes into this country, we’re sending a message that essentially, we’re embracing that frame,” Rhodes said.

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Trump released a statement calling for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”


Trump’s comments follow Obama’s rare primetime address Sunday, in which he urged the American people to continue to resist fear and prejudice against Muslims, especially.

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“I know that after so much war, many Americans are asking whether we are confronted by a cancer that has no immediate cure. Here’s what I want you to know: the threat from terrorism is real, but we will overcome it,” President Obama said.

“Our success won’t depend on tough talk or abandoning our values, or giving into fear. That’s what groups like [ISIS] are hoping for.”

Trump’s policy is just one of many Islamophobic stances he has taken since he announced he was running as a Republican presidential candidate in June of 2015. 

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