Trump won’t apologize for harsh rhetoric aimed at Muslims By Bob Fredericks

President Trump on Monday declined to apologize for his incendiary comments about Muslims and calls for a Muslim immigration ban, arguing that it wouldn’t make any difference as a lawsuit against his policy is argued before the Supreme Court.

“I don’t think it would, number one. And there’s no reason to apologize. Our immigration laws in this country are a total disaster. They’re laughed at all over the world, they’re laughed at for their stupidity and we have to have strong immigration laws,” Trump said during a joint news conference with the Nigerian president in the Rose Garden.

“I think if I apologize, it wouldn’t make 10 cents worth of difference to them. We have to have strong immigration laws to protect our country.”

The travel ban made its way to the Supreme Court last week, and a lawyer representing those fighting the ban, Obama administration attorney Neal Katyal, had said if Trump would take back some his statements, the case would likely end in his favor.

On the campaign trail in December 2015, Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the US “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” adding that Muslims had “a great hatred” for Americans.

“Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension,” Trump added in a statement.

“Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine. Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life.”


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