On Saturday afternoon Donald Trump denied that one of his latest executive orders barring many refugees and entry to individuals from several predominantly Muslim nations amounted to a “ban on Muslims.” (Even though it clearly is).
“It’s not a Muslim ban, but we are totally prepared,” Trump told media gathered in the Oval Office as he signed three new executive orders on Saturday afternoon.
“It’s working out very nicely. You see it in the airports, you see it all over. It’s working out very nicely and we are going to have a very, very strict ban and we are going to have extreme vetting, which we should have had in this country for many years,” Trump said.
Trump’s order bars Syrian refugees and halts the country’s refugee resettlement program for four months, while denying entry to individuals from seven majority-Muslim countries.
Democrats and human rights groups slammed his order Friday, comparing it to the ban on Muslims entering the U.S. that Trump proposed on the campaign trail in late 2015.