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Despite GOP Support, Kasich Rejects Call To Ban Muslims

John Kasich has rebuked his party’s renewed calls for an outright ban on Muslims entering the United States, an idea popularized (and ridiculed at the time) by Donald Trump.

“I think when they see things, it makes them very concerned and very nervous. And so it’s sort of a knee-jerk, I think,” the Ohio Governor said on Meet the Press.

“But let’s talk practically here, in order for us to have great human intelligence, I want the public to hear this. We are going to have to have intimate communication and coordination with our friends in the Muslim community. There is no question about it.”

“I mean, in order to find out about the radicalized friends and neighbors, or people that you may not even know at all, who you observe doing things–this has to be a coordinated effort worldwide.”

The Hill reports:

Kasich also called for a reformed NATO to fight the terror threat.

“Right now, we think of NATO as a military organization. I think it needs to involve itself in policing and in intelligence gathering. Because when we look at Europe right now, we find there’s so many holes, and an inability … to get their act together–to coordinate effectively. I think NATO can be an emerging entity, if reformed and restructured.”

“Look, we’re always going to carry more of the load. When we stop carrying our share of the load, that’s when the world is really in trouble,” he added. “And I think we’ve seen the United States sort of– you know, we haven’t really been the leader.”


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