Donald Trump will draw back his proposed ban on Muslims entering the country once he's elected president and focus instead on more precise policies meant to identify potential terrorists, his national security adviser told The Hill on Tuesday.

In recent days, conflicting reports have emerged over whether Trump intends to stand by his controversial proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the country. That "suggestion," as Trump has described it, has been condemned as bigoted by liberals and dismissed by critics as impossible to implement.

In an email exchange with The Hill, Trump's national security adviser, Walid Phares, sought to clarify Trump's position.

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