Washington( CNN) Donald Trump’s statement that Muslims should be banned from entering the United States “disqualifies” him from being president, the White House spokesman told Tuesday.
“The fact is what Donald Trump said yesterday disqualifies him from serving as president, ” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in Tuesday’s press briefing. For a White House administration to so heavily weigh in on an resisting party’s nominating contest is a highly unusual step.
Earnest noted first that every president must take an oath to “preserve, protect and defend” the U.S. Constitution, and thus, he told, Trump would not qualify.
The GOP front-runner on Monday released a statement calling for the U.S. to refuse entry of foreign Muslims. His proposal was met with widespread criticism, including from several candidates in his own party.