- The Washington Times - Friday, May 13, 2016

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump said Friday he’s not softening his stance on a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, but also said proposals he puts forward now are really suggestions because he’s not the president.

“No, I’m not softening my stance at all, but I’m always flexible on issues,” Mr. Trump said on NBC’s “Today” program. “I am totally flexible on very, very many issues, and I think you have to be that way.”

“But I’m not softening my stance,” he said. “We have a major problem and we have to look at the problem. We have to solve the problem.”

In an interview this week on Fox News Radio’s “Kilmeade and Friends,” Mr. Trump had called the temporary ban “just a suggestion until we find out what’s going on.”

“Well, I’m not the president right now so anything I suggest is really a suggestion, and if I were president, I’d put in legislation and do what I have to do,” Mr. Trump said Friday.

“I’m looking at it very strongly,” he said. “We have, really, a problem with radical Islamic terrorism, and we have a president that doesn’t want to use the term. He refuses to use the term even though there are so many problems.”

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