Washington DC: White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus while defending President Trump’s National security executive order has said that the countries like Pakistan can also be included in the US ban list which is effective for seven Muslim Majority countries for now.
In an interview with NBC’s program Meet the Press, Priebus said, “You can point to other countries that have similar problems like Pakistan and others — perhaps we need to take it further.” He also said that immediate steps to be taken included further vetting for people travelling in and out of those countries for now.
Trump billed his sweeping executive order as a necessary step to stop “radical terrorists” from entering the US. It included a 90-day ban on travel to the US by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen and a 120-day suspension of the US refugee program.
The comments from Priebus came after a US federal judge issued an emergency order temporarily barring the government from deporting people from seven majority Muslim nations subject to Trump’s travel ban. The judge said travelers who had been detained had a strong argument that their legal rights had been violated.
The Department of Homeland Security issued a statement early Sunday that said the court ruling would not affect the overall implementation of the White House order and it affected a relatively small number of travelers who were inconvenienced by security procedures upon their return. Trump’s aides insist the judgment has little impact