Kerry to ABC: Trump’s Muslim Comments 'Endanger National Security'

Secretary of state says Republican front-runner's call to ban Muslims is 'against our constitution.'

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington after briefing members of the Senate Intelligence Committee on the U.S. strategy in Syria. November 19, 2015.
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry blasted Donald Trump’s call to ban Muslims from entering America as "endanger[ing] national security."

Speaking with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, Kerry said the comments were "against our constitution" and "exhibit a willingness to discriminate against a religion" as part of the race for the presidency.

"It seems to me that Mr. Trump's statement is wholly and totally without recognition of the true American spirit and values and certainly tolerance," Kerry said in an interview to Stephanopoulos.

Republican Presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks during the 2016 Republican Jewish Coalition Presidential Candidates Forum in Washington, DC, December 3, 2015.
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Last week, after a number of Israeli lawmakers joined international condemnations of the statement made by Trump, with Netanyahu also issuing a condemnation, though he fell short of canceling his meeting with Trump, a move Trump later later did himself.

Trump told CNN Sunday that he thought that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's condemnation inappropriate.

Trump told CNN's Jake Tapper that Netanyahu "modestly condemned" his statement adding that he "thought it was sort of inappropriate that he condemned them, but that's OK. He wanted to condemn them, that's what he does."