“I think the President’s views — like, we hope, the American people’s views — are going to continue to evolve,” Tillerson said on the flight from Riyadh to Tel Aviv.
Tillerson’s candid assessment, made to reporters aboard Air Force One Monday, represents a remarkable turnaround for a presidential candidate who campaigned on a platform that argued for “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” And Tillerson suggested there’s even more room for Trump to moderate his views as he’s exposed to more Muslim leaders.
“Nothing helps you learn and understand people better than coming to their homes, where they live and seeing them face to face, seeing their families, and seeing their communities,” Tillerson said. “We all share the same wants and desires for ourselves and our people, and our families,” he said. “We want our children to grow up without fear. That’s such a strongly held view around the world, certainly among the Muslim world certainly among the non-Muslim world.”