Donald Trump has provoked criticism from the White House after he urged for a total ban on Muslims entering America in the wake of the California shootings.
The Republican presidential candidate said a border shutdown should be brought in after polling showed a "hatred" by Muslims towards Americans that could place the country at risk.
His comments come after an attack in California last week, carried out by a Muslim couple, in which 14 people were killed at a health centre in San Bernardino.
However, the White House was quick to respond to his call, saying a ban would go against US values and would hurt national security,
The White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes told CNN: "It's totally contrary to our values as Americans. We have in our Bill of Rights respect for the freedom of religion. It's also contrary to our security."
"Where this hatred comes from and why, we will have to determine. 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", Mr Trump said.
Mr Trump has previously called for a wall along the Mexico border in an attempt to clamp down on illegal immigration.
Source Evening Standart