Trump proposed “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.” The proposal drew wide criticism from sources both within the U.S. and abroad–including unusual sources such as foreign leaders who are seldom involved in United States presidential campaigns, and leaders of Trump’s own party holding positions that are rarely at odds during the party’s presidential primaries. Critics included British Prime Minister David Cameron, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal and Canadian Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion, as well as the chairman of the Republican Party Reince Priebus, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Members of Trump’s own party argued that a proposal banning members of a major world religion violated the party’s conservative values, the Constitution’s First Amendment (which grants freedom of religion), and the country’s immigrant heritage. Critics pointed out that the proposal would result in the exclusion of many of the most important allies in the country’s war on terror, from interpreters helping the CIA to Jordan’s King Abdullah, and that it would bolster ISIL by furthering its narrative that the U.S. is pitted against the Muslim faith. The U.S. Pentagon issued a statement that “anything that bolsters ISIL’s narrative and pits the United States against the Muslim faith is certainly not only contrary to our values but contrary to our national security.” The Washington Post reported that, “Donald Trump [was] featured in new jihadist recruitment video.