Trump clarifies travel ban policy amid uproar

US President Donald Trump holds breakfast meeting with small business leaders at the Roosevelt room of the White House.

United States President Donald Trump has officially commented on his latest executive order to temporary ban people from seven Muslim-majority countries amid mass protests across airports in the country.

Trump defended the order saying it was not intended to ban Muslims and accused the media of “falsely reporting it”.

The 90-day ban, imposed on Friday, affects travel to the United States by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.

“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,” Trump said in a statement released by his press secretary office.

“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,” Trump added.

In the statement, Trump’s administration said that the US will again be issuing visas to all countries once they have reviewed and implemented more 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,” he said.

With One World Trade Center in the background, people march in New York, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, as they protest against President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel to the US by citizens of several countries.


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