WASHINGTON: Donald Trump has defended himself against accusations of Islamophobia by saying he has at least 20 friends who are Muslim – but stopped short of naming them.
The Republican presidential candidate has previously said “I love the Muslims” despite provocative polices that include calling for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States and a database to track the movements of those already living there.
Asked by the Telegraph who his Muslim backers were, Trump reportedly ducked the question. He said: “Oh, I could give you about 20 of them.”
The newspaper added that Trump’s son was also unable to shine light on any of his father’s Muslim friends. He did, however, say they had “completed a lot of business deals” in the Middle East.
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