Donald Trump’s speech on Monday showed the Republican nominee making a slight — but important — pivot on one of his most controversial political positions.
While his speech focused mostly on the terror attack in Orlando, Trump tied it into his proposals for changing the immigration system, including Muslim immigration. Unlike previous statements, though, the Republican nominee is no longer calling for a religious test.
“I called for a ban after San Bernardino, and was met with great scorn and anger but now, many are saying I was right to do so,” Trump said. “Although the pause is temporary, we must find out what is going on. The ban will be lifted when we as a nation are in a position to properly and perfectly screen those people coming into our country.”
The billionaire said he will ban people who come from regions and nations that export terrorism, but dropped his previous language about their being a religious test.
“When I am elected, I will suspend immigration from areas of the world when there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe, or our allies, until we understand how to end these threats,” Trump said.
This is wildly important because many center-right commentators called his religious test “un-American.”
Trump’s new proposal mimics a similar one made by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that would have banned immigration from 33 high-risk countries.