Washington: Contrary to perceived notions, US President Donald Trump has said that the ban against the seven nations is not against Muslims but done in accordance with a list prepared by the Obama government in 2011.
In a Facebook post, the US President has said that while his country will continue to provide shelter to those fleeing oppression, they will do so by providing security to their people first.
Trump has also blamed the media for portraying a negative image and dubbing the aforementioned incident as a vengeance against the Muslim world.
“America is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border. America has always been the land of the free and home of the brave,” said Trump in his statement.
He added, “We will keep it free and keep it safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say. 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. To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting”.
The statement clarifies, “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. We will again be issuing visas to all countries once we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most 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,” said Trump.