DHS Sec. ‘Didn’t Sleep Well at Night’ After Being Asked About Trump’s Muslim Comments

Jeh JohnsonThe day Donald Trump called for an entry ban on foreign Muslims, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was at a mosque talking about Muslim outreach. While he was there, Johnson said the U.S. can’t “vilify” all American Muslims in the wake of Paris and San Bernardino.

While there, he was naturally asked about what Trump said, but deferred.

In an interview with Politico out today, Johnson admitted that after that meeting (and all the questions he got about Trump), he said, “I took that home with me and didn’t sleep well all night. The next morning — at my usual 5 a.m .— I woke up with it on my mind that I had to say something.”

And, in fact, he did. Johnson appeared on MSNBC the next day to unequivocally state that “it is irresponsible to do this and contrary to our national security efforts.”

He told Politico that Trump’s proposal is “beyond the pale” and would “burn bridges to American Muslims when we’re trying to go in the exact opposite direction.”

And he’s not the only Cabinet secretary who’s offered comment on it. Defense Secretary Ash Carter made it clear this month that the fight against ISIS is “not a fight with Muslims or Islam,” while Secretary of State John Kerry pretty bluntly said that Trump’s comments “endanger national security.”

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