MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Monday, Trump called on the United States to stop the arrivals of all Muslims until a counterterrorism plan was established.
"It's totally contrary to our values as Americans. We have in our Bill of Rights respect for the freedom of religion. It's also contrary to our security," White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes told CNN, as quoted by the Evening Standard newspaper.
The presidential candidate has made numerous controversial statements about Muslims during his presidential campaign. In November, he said on two separate occasions that they were celebrating the September 11, 2001, extremist attacks in the United States and proposed a mandatory database of Muslims.