Ryan Calls for 'Security Test -- Not a Religious Test' After Latest Trump Call for Muslim Ban
"I think there's a really important distinction that every American needs to keep in mind. This is a war with radical Islam. It's not a war with Islam. Muslims are our partners... they're among our best allies, among our best resources in this fight against radical Islamic terrorism. So I think it's very important to that we honor that distinction. And let's remember we're all in this together," he added.
"You know, we're not LGBT Americans, Republican Americans, Democrat Americans, Muslim Americans. We're Americans. And as Americans, we need to up our game to deal with and confront this real threat. We don't think the administration has done a good enough job confronting this threat. We think more needs to be done."
Ryan said the "preferred route to go" in regards to entry screening is "a security test -- not a religious test."
He opposed Trump's Muslim ban proposal when the presumptive GOP nominee first introduced the idea, and stood by his opposition today.
"I do not think a Muslim ban is in our country's interest. I do not think it is reflective of our principles not just as a party, but as a country. And I think the smarter way to go in all respects is to have a security test and not a religious test," Ryan said.
Asked if Trump could enact a ban on entry to the United States by Muslims, Ryan replied, "You can go into the 1952 Immigration and Naturalization Act to determine whether or not the president has that kind of discretion of not."