House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke out against another one of Donald Trump’s positions today while still continuing to supporting the candidate for president.
In a press conference, Ryan said he does not agree with Trump’s proposal to temporarily ban all Muslims from entering the United States.
“I do not think a Muslim ban is in our county’s interests,” he said. “I do not think that it is reflective of our principles, not just as a party but as a country. I think the smarter way to go is to have a security test and not a religious test.”
Later, Ryan made clear that the United States is at war with radical Islam but not with all Muslims, using language that seemed more reminiscent of President Obama than Donald Trump.
“This is a war with radical Islam. It’s not a war with Islam,” Ryan said. “Muslims are our partners. The vast, vast majority of Muslims in this country and around the world are moderate. They’re peaceful. They’re tolerant.”
On Monday, Donald Trump delivered a speech largely focused on his immigration policy, doubling down on his belief that banning Muslims from entering the United States is the way to prevent acts of terrorism.