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Donald Trump says his 'very rich Muslim' friends think his proposed Muslim ban is a 'great thing'

Donald Trump offered up the opinions of his "very rich Muslim" friends at an MSNBC town hall Wednesday as evidence that his proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States is a good idea.

"I have been called by more Muslims saying what you are doing is a great thing, not a bad thing," Trump said. "I have, actually, believe it or not, I have a lot of friends that are Muslim and they call me," he continued. "In most cases, they're very rich Muslim."

While Trump's friends apparently think his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. is a great idea, he admitted that they wouldn't necessarily be subject to the same rules as other Muslims. "Oh, they'll come in," Trump said, explaining that the ban would have exceptions. Alongside his wealthy friends, Trump has said he'd also consider letting in Muslim athletes competing for the U.S., Muslim foreign leaders, and Muslims who are already U.S. citizens.