Donald Trump backtracks on Muslim ban, says it was 'just a suggestion'

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Donald Trump demanded a "complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" in December only to deny it on Wednesday, saying the plan was "only a suggestion."

"We have a serious problem and it's a temporary ban — it hasn't been called for yet, nobody's done it, this is just a suggestion until we find out what's going on," Trump told Fox News just five months after releasing a statement that explicitly said, "Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."

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