On Friday, President Donald Trump fired a shot that was heard round the world. He signed an executive order that places a 90-day moratorium on the entry into the U.S. of residents from seven Muslim-majority countries and an indefinite ban on residents of Syria.
At a press avail at the White House yesterday, he was asked whether the ban was “on Muslims.” He responded:
It’s not a Muslim ban. We were totally prepared. It’s working out very nicely. You see it at the airports. You see it all over. It’s working out very nicely and we’re going to have a very, very strict ban, and we’re going to have extreme vetting, which we should have had in this country for many years. [Emphasis added]
The highlighted portion of the quote is hard to reconcile with live reports filtering in from news outlets across the nation and the globe. CBS affiliate WTVR reports via CNN Wire that a Christian family from Syria was turned back by security personnel at the airport in Philadelphia. At airports all over the country, pandemonium reins. In New York, the Huffington Post notes, Muslim cabbies have gone on strike at JFK Airport, where countless travelers find themselves stranded.
While top Democrats in Congress have predictably claimed the sky is falling, their colleagues across the aisle have voiced more measured reservations. Sen. Ben Sasse , of Nebraska, said in a statement:
The President is right to focus attention on the obvious fact that borders matter. At the same time, while not technically a Muslim ban, this order is too broad.