Trump has shifted away from complete Muslim ban: Pence

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and vice presidential nominee Governor Mike Pence attend a gathering of pastors at the New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland HeightsBy Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Donald Trump has backed away from a total ban on Muslims entering the United States, vice presidential running mate Mike Pence said on Thursday, a shift from one of the Republican presidential candidate’s most provocative proposals. Trump’s call last December for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” followed an Islamic State-inspired mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, by a husband-and-wife team. Critics have called the proposed ban discriminatory and probably a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of freedom of religion, and Democrats have used Trump’s policy to declare him a bigot.

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