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Donald Trump Suggests Muslim Registry Is A Go

| by Michael Howard

Donald Trump appeared to confirm his plans to create a Muslim registry in the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Berlin on Dec. 19.

The president-elect spoke briefly to reporters a day after a man used a hijacked truck to smash into a Christmas market in the German capital, killing 12 people and injuring 48, according to the Independent.

When asked whether the attack, for which ISIS has claimed responsibility, has done anything to change his plans to implement a Muslim registry in the United States, Trump implied that it had not.

"Hey, you known my plans all along," Trump said. "I've been proven to be right, 100 percent correct."

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"What's happening is disgraceful," he continued. "[The Berlin attack] is an attack on humanity, that's what it is. It's an attack on humanity and it's got to be stopped."

In an official statement released shortly after the attack, the president-elect referred to the victims as "Christians" and promised to target jihadist groups until they are "eradicated from the face of the earth," according to the Daily Mail.

The White House issued a more cautious statement, saying the incident in Berlin "appears to have been a terrorist attack."

"Germany is one of our closest partners and strongest allies, and we stand together with Berlin in the fight against all those who target our way of life and threaten our societies," the statement read.

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Donald Trump's calls for a Muslim registry and a ban on Muslim immigration to the U.S. sparked controversy during his campaign. Since the election Trump's position on this issue has been less than clear, and he has never outlined a specific policy.

Those close to the president-elect have given conflicting information. Kansas Secretary of State and Trump advisor Kris Kobach stated that a Muslim registry is something that is being seriously looked into, while Trump's communication manager Jason Miller said the president-elect never promoted the idea, according to the Independent.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations reports that, since Trump's electoral victory, at least 900 hate crimes have been carried out against Muslims in the United States. 

Sources: The Independent, Daily Mail / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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