Trump calls for a "shutdown of Muslims entering the United States"

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has made another controversial address

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The White House has condemned a call from Donald Trump to ban all muslims from entering the U.S.

The senior official's called the comment contrary American values.

The Republican presidential candidate said he wanted a "total and complete shutdown" of Muslims entering the United States, following last week's mass shooting in California by a Muslim couple.

Thank you to the great crowd at the #USSYorktown in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Listen to the the response from the crowd to my latest proposal - and let me know if you agree with these PATRIOTS?

Posted by Donald J. Trump on Monday, December 7, 2015

The outspoken billionaire's campaign released a statement on Monday, saying the proposal was in response to the level of hatred toward Americans among "large segments of the Muslim population".

Without elaborating, it said the ban would last "until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on".

Mr Trump said it was "obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine".

He added: "Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life."

We must be vigilant

The Republican front-runner later tweeted: "We must be vigilant!"

Mr Trump's campaign manager said the ban would apply to "everybody", including Muslims seeking immigration visas and tourists.

Several of Mr Trump's Republican rivals have blasted the proposal, including Jeb Bush who suggested the business tycoon was "unhinged".

Officials with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) were also quick to condemn the proposal, saying it entered into the "realm of the fascist now".

Mr Trump's proposal comes amid heightened security concerns in the wake of the deadly terror attack in Paris and the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.

American security has become a key talking point on the campaign trail for those looking to succeed President Barack Obama in 2016.