Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told the Fox News radio show "Kilmeade and Friends" on May 11 that his long-time proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. is "just a suggestion" (video below).
However, Trump called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" in December 2015, noted The Associated Press at the time.
To reiterate the point, Trump's campaign said the Muslim ban should stand "until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."
Radio host Brian Kilmeade asked Trump May 11 about the newly-elected London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who recently said that the GOP front-runner has an "ignorant view of Islam."
Well, I assume he denies that there is Islamic terrorism. If you look, there is Islamic radical terrorism all over the world right now. It’s a disaster what’s going on. I assume he is denying that. I assume he is like our president that’s denying it's taking place.
We have a serious problem, it’s a temporary ban, it hasn’t been called for yet, nobody’s done it, this is just a suggestion until we find out what’s going on. But we have radical Islamic terrorism all over the world.
You can start at the World Trade Center, frankly, you can go to Paris, you can go to San Bernardino, all over the world, if they want to deny it, they can deny it, I don’t choose to deny it.
It's not clear what Trump based his assumptions on, but Khan told TIME that his experience as a Muslim will help him stop Islamic extremism, especially among young Muslims.
President Obama has never once denied that terrorist acts have been committed by Muslims, but he has refused to use the GOP-coined term "radical Islam terrorism" as to not demonize Muslims or promote bigotry.
Trump also stated that the primary systems for Democrats and Republicans were rigged, and added that Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is not going to win because of that party's super delegates.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has won more delegates in state primaries, so far, than Sanders.