Trump Renews Calls for Travel Ban, Says US is 'Extreme Vetting' New Arrivals
President Trump has renewed calls for his controversial travel ban, stating that the US is already taking part in the “extreme vetting” of those entering the country. He urged the Justice Department to seek a tougher version of its “watered down” ban.
“People, the lawyers, and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!” US President Donald Trump tweeted.
That comment comes despite White House press secretary Sean Spicer saying earlier this year that the proposed measure was in fact not a travel ban, but a vetting system “to keep America safe.”
Trump went on to say that the justice department should have stayed with his original travel ban, rather than making a “watered down” and “politically correct” version.
He claimed the justice department should ask for an “expedited hearing” of the “watered down” ban, while also seeking a tougher version.
The leader concluded the series of tweets by stating that US is “extreme vetting” those coming into the country, accusing the courts of being “slow and political.”
Trump’s travel ban, which places temporary restrictions on travel from several Muslim-majority countries, has been blocked by the courts since the president signed the original executive order in January.
The order received a backlash from politicians across the US and the world, and prompted global protests.