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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has called for a “total and complete” halt to Muslims entering the US, in the wake of the deadly California shootings.
He said that polling showed a “hatred” by Muslims towards Americans that could put the nation at risk.
The border shutdown should remain “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on”.
The White House swiftly criticised Mr Trump’s statement as “un-American”.
It is contrary to US values and its national security interests, a statement said.
Last week, a Muslim couple believed to have been radicalised opened fire and killed 14 people at a health centre in San Bernardino.
Mr Trump’s statement to reporters on Monday said polling firms like the Center for Security Policy had data that showed a hatred by a significant number of Muslims against Americans.
“Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why, we will have to determine.
“Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life.”
Analysis – Anthony Zurcher, BBC News, Washington
Again and again during his campaign, Donald Trump has grabbed the Republican Party by the neck and dragged it to the anti-immigration, nativist right.
With his call for a halt to all Muslim entry into the US – reportedly even for simple tourism – he has set down yet another marker that will force his fellow candidates to stand with him or risk his dismissive ire.
Mr Trump was ridiculed when he launched his White House bid by accusing Mexico of sending its “rapists and criminals” into the US, and yet the New Yorker shot up in the polls.
He was denounced after suggesting that some mosques should be closed and Muslims in the US monitored, but he solidified his status as the party’s frontrunner. In the end his hardline positions became largely accepted, if not embraced, by his fellow candidates.
Now he is being roundly condemned for his border-closing proposal. Will this finally be a bridge too far? Perhaps. Early reports, however, show his supporters welcoming this latest pronouncement. Such is the state of the 2016 presidential campaign season so far.
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