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Trump Campaign Tries to Quietly Woo Muslims

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally organized by the Tea Party Patriots against the Iran nuclear deal in front of the Capitol in Washington, DC, on September 9, 2015.  AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

In what would appear to be an unlikely courtship, an adviser for Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump is quietly reaching out to Muslims to gain their support for his presidential bid. The Hill reports.

Trump’s proposal during the primary campaign to temporarily ban all Muslim immigrants as a way to decrease threats of terrorism against the United States has alienated him from many in the community.

Although he has recently stepped back from those statements, calling the proposal merely a “suggestion,” the American Muslim community remains highly skeptical.

Walid Phares, a foreign affairs adviser for Trump, said that most of the backchannel talks have been with Muslim Republicans who hope to influence his policies or want to clarify his positions.

In contacting others in the Muslim community to try and convince them to support Trump for president, Phares attempted to downplay the plan to ban Muslim immigrants. He told The Hill it “is just a few sentences in a foreign policy announcement and a tweet, it’s not like he’s written books or published articles or delivered lectures on this. He’ll continue to add context and distinction to his


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