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Trump Says He'd 'Absolutely' Consider A Muslim Cabinet Member

Published by Huffington Post on Sun, 20 Sep 2015

Donald Trump seems to have quickly changed his tune just days after he ignited yet another controversyby failing to correct a man who called President Barack Obama a Muslim.During a campaign stop at a high school homecoming on Saturday night, a CNN reporter asked Trumpif he thought Muslim Americans pose a dangerto the country."I love the Muslims. I think they're great people," the Republican presidential front-runner quickly responded. He was later asked a similar question during a question-and-answer period with students, one of whom asked Trump if he'd ever consider putting a Muslim in his cabinet or on his ticket."Oh, absolutely, no problem with it," Trump told the student.The comments are particularly well-timed as they come just a few days after Trump was asked by a man during a campaign stop in New Hampshire "when we could get rid of" the "problem" of Muslim Americans, as "we know our current president is one."Trump didn't correct the man or chastise him for his Islamophobic views, but rather nodded along and said he'd be "looking at a lot of things," should he be elected.The real estate mogul was swiftly denounced over the response. Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both called the interaction "disturbing" and worthy of an apology. Trump later canceled a major GOP speech during a Republican gathering in South Carolina on Friday amid the backlash.On Saturday, Trump sent out a slew of tweetsin defense of his response, noting, ironically, "this is the first time in my life that I have caused controversy by NOT saying something." Am I morally obligated to defend the president every time somebody says something bad or controversial about him' I don't think so! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2015 This is the first time in my life that I have caused controversy by NOT saying something. Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2015 If I would have challenged the man, the media would have accused me of interfering with that man's right of free speech. A no win situation! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2015Also on HuffPost: -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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