Reince Priebus talks about 'Muslim registry,' halt on immigration

President-elect Trump's Chief of Staff was asked about the prospect that a tracking or identification system for Muslim immigrants might be considered.
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The Trump administration is not planning on creating a registry to track Muslims in America, Reince Priebus has said, but he did say a temporarily halt on immigration from countries with extremist links was on the cards.

President-elect Trump's Chief of Staff appeared on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday morning, and was asked about the prospect that a tracking or identification system for Muslim immigrants might be considered.

Priebus said "we're not going to rule out anything," but then appeared to rule it out by adding: "We're not going to have a registry based on a religion."

The issue has been in the news this week after Kris Kobach, a member of Trump's transition team, suggested the new administration could reinstate a national registry for immigrants from countries where terrorist groups are active, the New York Times reports.

During the campaign, Trump himself didn't rule out the prospect of some kind of registry for Muslim people, telling ABC it's one of the systems that could be considered.

Priebus continued to say that previous campaign promises to temporarily halt immigration from countries that are known to "harbor and train terrorists" could be implemented, with immigration resuming once better screening procedures have been put in place.

"When a better vetting system is put in place, then those radical folks won't be allowed in, but others will be allowed in."

Priebus on Trump University settlement

Another major development with the President-elect this week was news that he has settled for $25 million a court case from former students of his real estate training company "Trump University."

The New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said thousands of students across the country were defrauded out of about $40 million, after they were lured into paying up to $35,000 to learn Trump's investing secrets in a program that failed to deliver on its promises.

Trump admitted no wrongdoing in settling the suit, tweeting that he did so because "I have to focus on our country," but Schneiderman called the settlement a "stunning reversal" considering he'd previously refused even modest settlements, saying he would "never settle", the Guardian reports.

Speaking to CNN'sState of the Union on Sunday, Priebus said: "When the presidency hits you, and it's at your front door, and you realize you're President of the United States for all Americans, there are some things that are important to you and there are something that you just decide: 'Look, let's move on, we're not admitting wrongdoing let's just start leading this country without distraction.

"Americans should look at this as a kind of positive sign about what kind of great president he is going to be and how he is going to lead this country."

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