Donald Trump is attempting to clarify his support for a national database that tracks Muslim Americans after facing strong backlash from fellow presidential candidates and leaders in both major parties.
The Republican presidential hopeful took to Twitter Friday to say he was not behind the initial idea to create a registry for Muslims in the U.S.
I didn't suggest a database-a reporter did. We must defeat Islamic terrorism & have surveillance, including a watch list, to protect America— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2015
Less than 24 hours prior, however, Trump told NBC News he would "certainly implement" a database aimed at tracking the activities of Muslims visiting and living in America.
"Absolutely" he told the network between a town hall forum and campaign rally in Iowa. "There should be a lot of systems. Beyond database, we should have a lot of systems and today you can do it."
Members of Trump's own party have since taken shots at the candidate's proposals, describing them as "wrong" and misguided.Read more on WashingtonExaminer.com