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Trump: My refugee ban is "not a Muslim ban"

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Trump released a statement from the White House in support of his executive order, saying he aims to keep the country "free and safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say." Key claims below:

  • Precedent: "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."
  • Claims it's not a Muslim ban: "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."
  • Timing: "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."

Keep in mind: Rudy Giuliani said on Fox News today that Trump asked him how to prepare a Muslim ban, "legally."