DONALD Trump has called for the United States to bar all Muslims from entering the country until the nation's leaders can "figure out what is going on," an extraordinary escalation of his harsh rhetoric aimed at members of the Islamic faith in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California.
"Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine," said Mr Trump, the leading Republican candidate for his party's 2016 presidential nomination, on Monday.
"Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life," he said.
A spokeswoman for Mr Trump confirmed the authenticity of the statement. Asked what prompted it, Mr Trump said, "death", according to the spokeswoman.
Mr Trump made his remarks a day after the President, Barack Obama, delivered a national address from the Oval
Office urging Americans not to turn against Muslims in the wake of the terrorist attacks. Mr Trump is expected to say more at a rally at the USS Yorktown in South Carolina on Monday evening to mark the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
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