Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, speaks during a rally coinciding with Pearl Harbor Day at Patriots Point aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump Tuesday defended his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States, comparing his plan to the World War II detainment of Japanese-Americans and others in dismissing growing outrage from around the world.The White House called on Republicans to say they would not support Trump, currently the party's front-runner for the November 2016 election. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Trump's comments disqualify him from being president and said other Republican candidates should disavow him "right now".Trump leads the Republican pack seeking the White House in 2016 with 35 percent of support in a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll. His rivals nearly all criticized Trump's proposal on Monday.U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican, said Trump's proposal was "not conservatism". Republicans also warned that if Trump is the nominee, his stance could hurt in a general election against Democrat Hillary Clinton.Trump told MSNBC that people would be asked about their religion at U.S. borders and that the ban would extend to Muslim leaders of other nations.
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