President Donald Trump is not going to sit back and let the media has willfully stoke tensions and used rhetoric to scare people.
Trump issued a statement on his Middle Eastern immigration restrictions following criticisms from Democrats and even members of his own party.
His executive order calls for extreme vetting of immigrants and refugees coming from seven select countries having ties to terrorism. Those countries include Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
Trump tweeted Sunday:
Statement Regarding Recent Executive Order Concerning Extreme Vetting: https://t.co/f6JO60I0Ul
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2017
The president acknowledged in his statement that we are a nation of immigrants and as such, “we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression.” But he added that the compassion has to be balanced against a need to protect our own citizens.
He went on to say that his order is similar to what former President Obama did during his administration. While Trump’s order calls for a complete ban of immigration from the seven named countries for 90 days, Obama called for a halt in immigration from Iraq for six months.
In addition, “The seven countries named in the Executive Order are the same countries previously identified by the Obama administration as sources of terror,” Trump wrote. “To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting.”
On that last point, Trump said:
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. We will again be issuing visas to all countries once we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most secure policies over the next 90 days.
Here’s Trump’s full statement from his Facebook post.
Democrats and media outlets have been highly critical of Trump’s executive order. But most notably he received sharp criticism from two Republican senators — John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
The president’s response was to shame the two, calling them weak on immigration and telling them to keep their eyes on the things that mattered to Americans — like terrorism.
Although Trump’s statement was roundly criticized by the left, he nonetheless received some support on social media.
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@realDonaldTrump Media has willfully stoked tensions and used rhetoric to scare people. Read the order yourself and demand more from media!
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) January 29, 2017
@SpecialKMB1969 you are doing a great job President Trump. Don’t let the turkeys get you down!
— Melanie Albea (@malbea1) January 30, 2017
And finally one offered this response to all of the president’s detractors:
— KristinMAGA3X🇺🇸 (@KristinMHart) January 30, 2017
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