President Donald Trump says his executive order banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States “is not about religion,” amid protests and backlash in the country and around the world.
"America is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those feeling oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border," the president said in a statement Sunday.
"We will keep it free and keep it safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say."
Trump rejected criticism suggesting his executive order amounts to the "Muslim ban" he proposed as a candidate.
"To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting," he said. "This is not about religion -- this is about terror and keeping our country safe."
On Friday, Trump signed an executive order that imposes a ۹۰-day entry ban for citizens of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia, blocks refugees from Syria indefinitely, and suspends all refugee admissions for ۱۲۰ days.
Trump said the US would "again be issuing visas to all countries once we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most secure policies over the next ۹۰ days."