Vice President Mike Pence believes that any fair-minded person will understand that the sole purpose of President Donald Trump’s “extreme vetting” executive order is to keep the American people safe.
“What President Trump has done is essentially impose a pause on countries that have been compromised by terrorism, so that we can evaluate the screening process and establish an extreme vetting, so that people coming in to this country don’t represent a threat to our families and our communities,” Pence said to Sean Hannity at the White House today.
The order imposes a 120-day suspension of the Syrian refugee resettlement program and a 90-day halt on travel to the U.S. from citizens of seven countries, including Iraq, Syria and Libya.
Pence stressed that it’s not a “Muslim ban” and it’s not in any way associated with religion, noting that the Obama administration and Congress identified the same seven countries – Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen – as compromised by terror.
“This list is really garnered around whether the countries that we’re looking at have the internal systems that we can be certain people are who they say they are,” Pence said. “We need to step back to make sure that we have the additional safeguards.”
“President Trump has a lot of priorities, but his number one priority is the safety and security of the American people, and that’s why this decisive action took place.”
“President Donald Trump” FULL Inteview 1/26/17. in his interview with President Donald Trump tonight, Fox News’ Sean Hannity asked Trump whether he would think about changing how his administration deals with the mainstream media. Following a discussion about his CIA visit last weekend and how Trump didn’t like how it was covered, Hannity wondered about Trump’s ongoing relationship with the press. “Some of these networks were colluding with Hillary’s campaign to defeat you,” the Fox News pundit noted. “I’ve seen major newspapers to cable networks that use the word liar. And my question to you is, does that make you want to rethink entirely how this administration will deal with the media?” Trump answered by calling the media outlets “the liars” and once again bringing it back to his favorite topic of how many people watched the inauguration. “I had the largest audience,” Trump claimed. “If you add the television, you add all the sources, the largest audience in the history of inaugurations. I did.” Trump’s first cable news interview as president was broadcast on Fox News, conducted by Sean Hannity. During one point in the conversation, the flap around the Martin Luther King bust was brought up. As you may recall, TIME’s Zeke Miller erroneously reported that the bust had been removed from the Oval Office, only to find out shortly after it was still there. Miller apologized for the mistake and TIME backed him up. Trump stated that it was a “very serious charge” because it wasn’t that they said the bust had been taken out, but “what they’re saying is that I’m a racist.” POTUS would also claim that “when it was revealed that they were very wrong, nobody even talks about it.” He later added that he “had great respect for Dr. Martin Luther King.”