One advantage to addressing reporters while touring a golf course: It gives one plenty of real estate for backtracking — or walking around one's previous statements.
In Donald Trump's case Saturday at his golf course in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, it was an opportunity to revise his previous vow to temporarily ban Muslims from overseas from entering the United States.
Now, the Republican presidential candidate says, he would limit his ban to Muslims from countries that are known for links to terrorism.
Bottom line: “I want terrorists out," Trump said, Talking Points Memo reported. "I want people that have bad thoughts out. I would limit specific terrorist countries and we know who those terrorist countries are.”
The statement was prompted by a reporter's inquiry on whether a President Trump would welcome Muslims from Scotland. That prospect "wouldn't bother me," the Washington Post quoted Trump as saying.
As TPM noted, Trump's new stand marked a change from a December 2015 statement, when the real estate mogul called for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until the country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
Trump didn’t specify which countries' nationals would be affected by the revised ban, Bloomberg reported.
Trump was scheduled to return to the United States late Saturday, Bloomberg added, following a meeting with billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch.