Ryan Calls for 'Security Test -- Not a Religious Test' After Latest Trump Call for Muslim Ban
WASHINGTON -- Pressed on Donald Trump's Monday comments on the war on radical Islam, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) stressed to reporters on Capitol Hill today that the "vast, vast majority of Muslims in this country and around the world are moderate."
"They're peaceful," Ryan added. "They're tolerant."
Trump reiterated his campaign call Monday for a ban on Muslim entry to the United States and said Muslims already in the country should "turn in the people who they know are bad."
"They know it. And they have to do it, and they have to do it forthwith. I want to fix our schools. I want to fix our bridges. And our jobs market, we're going to have it rocket again, we're going to make great trade deals. But I want every American to succeed including Muslims," Trump said.
"But the Muslims have to work with us. They have to work with us. They know what's going on. They know that he was bad. They knew the people in San Bernardino were bad. But you know what? They didn't turn them in. And you know what? We had death and destruction."
Outside of a closed caucus meeting today, Ryan stressed that Sunday's attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando "was another act of war against America by radical Islam."
"At the same time, let's also be clear. Members of the LGBT community were the targets. They were simply attacked for who they are," the House speaker said. "This is an ideology that rejects who we are as a country -- open, tolerant, free. It preys on the vulnerable and the insecure, seeking to radicalize them into murderers. This is a threat that knows no borders. This is a threat that cannot be contained. This is a threat that simply must be defeated."
Ryan noted that House Republicans had passed visa waiver reform and refugee security test bills "to make sure that law enforcement gets the tools they need, so that we actually do control who comes and goes in this country."