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US officials defend Donald Trump’s travel ban; say it’s not against Muslims

Washington – Officials within the Trump administration have defended the recent travel ban that was brought into place on Monday stating that the order is not against Muslims, but it is intended to safeguard US from foreign extremists.

US President Donald Trump signed into effect a revised travel ban that prevents people of six Muslim-majority countries from entering the US. Defending this revised ban, senior officials in Trump administration said that this ban is just a temporary suspension on the entry of nationals from six Muslim-majority countries that have either been classified as failed states at this point, or that are state sponsors of terror.

According to the official there are hundreds of millions of Muslims who are unaffected by this travel ban and they are free to travel to the US under the appropriate visa and as per the rules laid out just like they used to “a week ago, four weeks ago, four months ago, four years ago for the most part.”

Officials stressed that the revised travel ban isn’t targeted at Muslims and stress that everyone should understand the provisions.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters at a news conference that Trump concluded that these actions are necessary to protect the US from those who, unfortunately, wish to do harm to the country.

Under the new order there will be a 90-day suspension of travel to the US by nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, during which the Department of State and Homeland Security will conduct a review to determine how it can improve the screening process for foreign nationals seeking to enter the US.

“These governments simply cannot or not adequately supply satisfactory information about their own nationals. In the absence of adequate information from these governments, the President has had to act to protect the security of the American people,” Spicer said.

Spicer explained that after the original executive order, Iraq’s government took steps to increase their cooperation with US immigration authorities and improve their vetting process, leading them to be removed from the list of countries covered by the temporary travel suspension.

“We hope other countries will also take proactive action to ensure the security of all of our nations,” Spicer said.

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