Media immediately jumped on President Donald Trump’s ban on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries, referring to it as a “Muslim ban.”
But as Sean Spicer, the Trump administration press secretary pointed out, these countries were originally flagged by former President Barack Obama.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Sunday defended President Donald Trump’s latest executive order on immigration and refugee vetting, arguing the Obama administration originally flagged the seven “countries of particular concern.”
“The Obama administration put these first and foremost,” Spicer told ABC’s “This Week.”
In February of 2016, the Obama Administration added Libya, Yemen and Somalia to a list of “countries of concern” with respect to its visa waiver program.
Was Obama being “Islamophobic” in pointing out the greater danger from these countries?
Spicer also noted that there were many other Muslim-majority countries not included in the ban.
“There’s 46 Muslim-majority countries that are not in this seven,” he said.
Most Muslims are not in fact affected.
Hardly a Muslim ban.
The order is specifically focused on the countries that have significant threats from radical Islamic terrorists.