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Donald Trump says US should consider profiling Muslims

Published 19/06/2016

Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally in Phoenix (AP)
Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally in Phoenix (AP)

Donald Trump says the United States should "seriously" consider profiling Muslims as a terrorism-fighting tool.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee says other countries use profiling and "it's not the worst thing to do."

In an interview with CBS's Face The Nation, Mr Trump said: "I hate the concept of profiling, but we have to start using common sense" and "look at it seriously."

Profiling is the government practice of targeting people for investigation based on factors such as their race, religion or nationality.

Civil libertarians have decried the practice as discriminatory.

Mr Trump says that in the age of international terrorism, it is a matter of choosing "common sense" over "political correctness."

He has also proposed a temporary ban on foreign Muslims from entering the US.

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