Trump defends travel ban, says US needs ‘strong borders’

He denied that his executive order represented a ‘Muslim ban’, saying that America needs extensive vetting procedures. (Twitter)

United States President Donald Trump has defended criticism of his recent executive order to place a temporary travel ban on citizens of seven countries from entering the country.

“Our country needs strong borders and extreme vetting, NOW. Look what is happening all over Europe and, indeed, the world - a horrible mess!,” Trump tweeted on Sunday following massive protests at airports against people detained because of the ban.

In the executive order signed Friday, Trump halted the arrival of refugees for at least 120 days and imposed tough new controls on travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen for the next three months.

He denied that his executive order represented a "Muslim ban", saying that America needs extensive vetting of all those entering the United States.

"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," he told reporters.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:50 - GMT 06:50
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