President Donald Trump has finally addressed his controversial Executive Order which bans citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States, and he blames the media and the Obama administration for it.
Executive Order Is Not A Ban On Muslims - President Trump Explained As He Blamed Obama
In a new press release shared on his Facebook page, the United States President said that the order he signed last Friday was actually a brainchild of the Obama administration, plus it is not a Muslim Ban as the media reports
“America is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border,” he said. “America has always been the land of the free and home of the brave.”
Additionally, the new president noted that in 2011, Obama did ban refugees from Iraq for six months, and that the countries listed in the recent Executive Order were identified by the Obama administration as ‘sources of terror’.
This clarification comes hours after he tweeted that, “Christians in the Middle-East have been executed in large numbers. We cannot allow this horror to continue!”, adding fuel to the belief that he was targeting Muslims.
Some of the figures who have strongly condemned the immigration order include 20 Nobel Laureates and thousands of top academics who signed a petition, protesting the order. Others include celebrities like Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Chrissy Teigen, and more.
Now, Trump says while he has ‘tremendous feeling’ for the millions displaced on Syria (only hours earlier, he blamed refugees for ‘what’s happening’ in Europe), his allegiance is to his country first.
Read the statement by President Trump
“We will keep it free and keep it safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say. My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months. The seven countries named in the Executive Order are the same countries previously identified by the Obama administration as sources of terror. To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting.
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.
I have tremendous feeling for the people involved in this horrific humanitarian crisis in Syria. My first priority will always be to protect and serve our country, but as President I will find ways to help all those who are suffering.”