Donald Trump has renewed his vow to stop radical terror groups and appeared to suggest he could move ahead with his campaign pledge to temporarily ban Muslim immigrants from coming to the US. He proposed the Muslim ban during the Republican primary campaign, drawing sharp criticism from both parties. During the general election, he shifted his rhetoric to focus on temporarily halting immigration from an unspecified list of countries with ties to terrorism. Asked on Wednesday President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday called the recent attacks in Germany and Turkey “terrible” and suggested that he does not intend to reevaluate his plans to ban Muslims from immigrating to the United States, boasting that he had been “proven to be right.”
“You know my plans. All along, I’ve been proven to be right. 100% correct. What’s happening is disgraceful,” Trump told reporters Wednesday when asked whether the recent violence has influenced his proposed Muslim ban.
Trump described the attack at a Berlin Christmas market as an “attack on humanity.”
“That’s what it is: an attack on humanity,” he said. “And it’s got to be stopped.”
Trump said he had not spoken with President Obama since the attacks.
“Innocent civilians were murdered in the streets as they prepared to celebrate the Christmas holiday,” Trump said in an initial statement about the attack on Monday. “ISIS and other Islamist terrorists continually slaughter Christians in their communities and places of worship as part of their global jihad.”
Meanwhile, the federal government has allowed four groups at the forefront of the white nationalist movement to register as charities and raise more than 7.8 million dollars (£6.3 million) in tax-deductible donations over the past decade, according to an Associated Press review. Emboldened by Mr Trump’s popularity, group leaders say they hope the president-elect’s victory helps them raise more money and give them a larger platform for spreading their ideology.
With benevolent-sounding names such as the National Policy Institute and New Century Foundation, the tax-exempt groups present themselves as educational organisations and use donors’ money to pay for websites, books and conferences to further their ideology. The money also has personally compensated leaders of the four groups.New Century Foundation head Jared Taylor said his group raises money for the benefit of the “white race”, a mission taxpayers are indirectly supporting with the group’s status as a non-profit. The IRS recognised it, the Charles Martel Society, the National Policy Institute and VDare Foundation as charities more than a decade ago.
Samuel Brunson, a tax law professor at Loyola University in Chicago, said the non-profit status gives these groups a veneer of legitimacy and respectability.
“It should make people uncomfortable that the government is subsidising groups that espouse values that are incompatible with most Americans,” he said.
The IRS has tried to weed out non-profit applicants that merely spread propaganda. In 1978, the agency refused to grant tax-exempt status to the National Alliance, a neo-Nazi group that published an anti-Semitic newsletter, and in 1994, a court upheld the denial of tax-exempt status for the Nationalist Movement, a Mississippi-based white nationalist group.New Century Foundation, a Virginia-based non-profit, has raised more than 2 million dollars since 2007 and operates the American Renaissance online magazine, which touts a philosophy that it’s “entirely normal” for whites to want to be a majority race.