The mainstream media is either ignorant or lying when they report that President Trump excluded Middle Eastern countries with whom he has business ties when he drafted his so-called “Muslim Ban.”
The seven countries targeted by Trump’s Executive Order are the same seven countries designated by the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015, which President Obama, not President Trump, signed into law in December 2015 as part of the $1.8 trillion omnibus spending bill.
According to the Act, travelers are ineligible for admittance into the United States via the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) if they were nationals or visitors of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria on or after March 1, 2011. In February 2016, the Obama Administration added Libya, Somalia, and Yemen to the list.
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That is not to say that Trump’s Executive Order couldn’t have been better, as reported by Lucas Lynch, the funny but poignant writer and recipient of the Lucas Lynch Medal for Excellence in Social Media. In a piece published today titled, “Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Shows He Hasn’t Got a Clue on Terrorism,” Lynch argues 1.) that we should be more expansive in our list of restricted countries, adding Egypt, UAE, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia; and 2.) that the Executive Order “does nothing to distinguish between the promoters of good and bad ideas in a way that will aid us in the war on terror,” such as distinguishing between non-citizens, even non-Muslims, who are critical of fundamentalist Islam.
If Trump is serious about protecting the United States against “those who would place violent ideologies over American law,” those “who engage in acts of bigotry or hatred (including ‘honor’ killings, other forms of violence against women, or the persecution of those who practice religions different from their own),” or those “who would oppress Americans of any race, gender, or sexual orientation,” he, and the American public, should look beyond the ignorant (or lying) sensationalists of the mainstream media.
The story here is not Trump Organization business ties. The story is saving American lives.
As always, I encourage you to be a responsible consumer of information and read the full text of Trump’s Executive Order yourself, here:
Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States