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US ‘This is not about religion – this is about terror and keeping our country safe’ – Donald Trump defends executive order and attacks the media

 

 

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‘This is not about
religion – this is
about terror and
keeping our
country safe’ –
Donald Trump
defends
executive order
and attacks the
media

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donald Trump’s
administration on Sunday
tempered a key element of
his move to ban entry of
refugees and people from seven
Muslim-majority countries in
the face of mounting criticism
even from some prominent
Republicans and protests that
drew tens of thousands in major
American cities.
The US president signed the
directive on Friday, but the
policy appeared to be evolving
on the fly. Democrats and a
growing number of Republicans
assailed the move and foreign
leaders condemned it amid
court challenges and tumult at
US airports .
The president’s critics have said
his action violated US law and
the US Constitution. In a fresh
defense of the action on Sunday,
Mr Trump said his directive
was “not a Muslim ban, as the
media is falsely reporting.”
“This is not about religion – this
is about terror and keeping our
country safe,” Mr Trump said.
John Kelly, the US homeland
security secretary, said in a
statement that people from the
seven countries who hold so-
called green cards as lawful
permanent US residents would
not be blocked from returning
to the United States from
overseas, as some had been
following the directive.
In his statement, Mr Kelly said:
“I hereby deem the entry of
lawful permanent residents to
be in the national interest.”
Demonstrators march down
Pennsylvania Avenue during a
protest in Washington, DC on
Sunday
Outside the White House, where
some viewing stands from Mr
Trump’s January 20 inaugural
parade still stood, several
thousand protesters denounced
him, carrying signs such as
“Deport Trump” and “Fear is a
terrible thing for a nation’s
soul.” Protests also were staged
in cities and airports in New
York, Los Angeles, Boston,
Houston, Dallas and elsewhere.
The Republican president on
Friday put a four-month hold
on allowing refugees into the
country, an indefinite ban on
refugees from Syria and a
three-month bar on citizens
from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia,
Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Border and customs officials
struggled to put Mr Trump’s
directive into practice.
Confusion persisted over details
of implementation, in particular
for the people who hold green
cards.
Senator Bob Corker, the
Republican chairman of the
US senate foreign relations
committee and a Trump
supporter, said the president’s
order had been poorly
implemented, particularly for
green card holders.
“The administration should
immediately make appropriate
revisions, and it is my hope that
following a thorough review and
implementation of security
enhancements that many of
these programs will be
improved and reinstated,” Mr
Corker said.
Mr Trump defended his action
claiming the ban was not about
religion but rather about
keeping the US safe.
“This is not about religion – this
is about terror and keeping our
country safe. There are over 40
different countries worldwide
that are majority Muslim that
are not affected by this order.”tmp_7533-js119036204trumppentagonnews-small_trans_nvbqzqnjv4bqeo_i_u9apj8ruoebjoaht0k9u7hhrjvuo-zlengruma-259044524K

 

 

 

 

 

 

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