On ABC, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, President-elect Donald Trump's designated chief of staff, not only defended remarks about Islam made by some members of the incoming administration but also admitted today that “clearly there are some aspects of that faith that are problematic."
Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump's national security adviser, has gotten flack for saying that Islam is a political ideology masked behind a religion, Priebus told ABC's Martha Raddatz today that "phrasing can always be done differently." Even so, Priebus praised Flynn as "an unbelievably gifted, smart person."
Later, on NBC, Priebus said that Trump believes that "no faith in and of itself should be judged as a whole. But there are some people in countries abroad that ... need to be prevented from coming into this country." On “Meet the Press,” Priebus was asked about the possibility that Muslims may be required to register with the government, he said:
"I'm not going to rule out anything. But, but I wouldn’t-- we're not going to have a registry based on a religion. But what I think what we're trying to do is say that there are some people, certainly not all people ... there are some people that are radicalized, and there are some people that have to be prevented from coming into this country."


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.