Defiant Trump Team Digs In: "We Wont Apologize For Keeping America Safe"

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Under assault from foreign governments, domestic CEOs, and thousands of protesters across the nation, members of the Trump administration were stern in their refusal to budge, and were unified in their support of the president's sweeping executive order that bars refugees and people from seven nations from entering the U.S. 

Repeating a phrase first uttered by Trump, top aides to the president denied that the immigration order amounted to a Muslim ban and pointed to the Obama administration for identifying the seven countries included in the order. The Trump team also defended the executive order's at times botched implementation amid backlash from some lawmakers and Federal Judges blocking the partial immgiration order.

Among the more vocal defenders of Trump were top aide Kellyanne Conway, who on Sunday emphasized the importance of having safe borders, suggesting that the small number of people who were inconvenienced by the order was worth it to keep the country safe. She said 325,000 people "from overseas came into this country just yesterday through our airports."

"You're talking about 300 and some who have been detained or are prevented from gaining access to an aircraft in their home countries," Conway said on "Fox News Sunday." "Thats 1 percent. And I think in terms of the upside being greater protection of our borders, of our people, it's a small price to pay." She also echoed Trump and insisted the immigration order was not a Muslim ban, even as some Democratic lawmakers have argued the opposite. 

"These seven countries, what about the 46 majority-Muslim countries that are not included? Right there, it totally undercuts this nonsense that this is a Muslim ban," Conway said.   "This is a ban on prospective travel from countries, trying to prevent terrorists in this country, from countries that have a recent history of training and exporting and harboring terrorists."

Returning the attack, Conway said the list of seven countries included in the order actually came from former President Obama's administration, which it did as per a DHS announcement from February 2016. In February 2016, the Obama administration added Libya, Yemen and Somalia to a list of "countries of concern" with respect to its visa waiver program. Iran, Syria, Iraq and Sudan were already on the list, according to a release from the Department of Homeland Security.

"These are countries that have a history of training, harboring, exporting terrorists," Conway said. She added that the president will "certainly keep identifying threats and risks."

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White House spokesman Sean Spicer also highlight the Obama administration's role for initially flagging the seven "countries of particular concern."  "The Obama administration put these first and foremost," he said on ABC's "This Week."

He similarly noted there are 46 other Muslim-majority countries not included in the seven listed and defended the president for following through on the promises he made during his campaign.

"This is nothing new," Spicer said. "President Trump talked about this throughout the campaign and throughout the transition. The president is just implementing the policies he campaigned on" he added noting that protecting the nation and its people is the No. 1 priority of the Trump administration.

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In a testy exchange with Chuck Todd, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus was the third to reiterate that the seven countries included in the order were identified by the Obama administration as "the seven most dangerous countries in the world in regard to harboring terrorists and affirmed by Congress multiple times." Priebus also defended the order's implementation, saying there shouldn't have been a "grace period" put on the order.

"Then, people that want to do bad things to Americans would just move up their travel date two days in order to get into the country before the grace period's over," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"I think it's one of these things that, and if you ask a lot of people at the Customs and Border patrol, would just tell you you got to rip off the band-aid and you have to move forward."
As noted earlier, Priebus also clarified the order, saying it doesn't affect green card holders. "We didn't overrule the Department of Homeland Security, as far as green card holders moving forward, it doesn't affect them," Priebus said on NBC's "Meet The Press." But Priebus noted if a person is traveling back and forth to one of the seven countries included in that order, that person is likely to be "subjected temporarily with more questioning until a better program is put in place."

"We don't want people that are traveling back and forth to one of these seven countries that harbor terrorists to be traveling freely back and forth between the United States and those countries," he said. He clarified that it is up to the "discretionary authority" of a Customs and Border Patrol agent whether people traveling back and forth to these seven countries receive extra questioning. Priebus then added that other countries may need to be added to the executive order in the future.

"But in order to do this in a way that was expeditious, in a way that would pass muster quickly," he said, "we used the 7 countries that have already been codified and identified." He said the order was "done for the protection of Americans, and waiting another three days, waiting another three weeks is something that we don't want to get wrong."

Priebus' bottom line: Trump won't apologize for keeping Americans safe: "President Trump is not willing to get this wrong," Priebus said, "which is why he wants to move forward quickly and protect Americans.... So we apologize for nothing here." 

Meanwhile the symbolic pressure from tens of thousands of protesters, 16 Democratic attorneys general who are seeking to overturn the Trump executive order, at least 11 Republican members of Congress, and countless civil rights groups and CEOs continues to mount with some confident that the matter will end up before the Supreme Court, and lead to even greater social polarization.

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flaminratzazz's picture

so there

and because

fvk you

BaBaBouy's picture

WOW... Elitist Globalist PC MSM NGO Operators All HAVE Big Hard-Ons Today =====O)

VinceFostersGhost's picture



I don't want terrorists here either.......I suppose that makes me Hitler too.

JamesBond's picture

No!  Don't go cash your .gov check today!  We need you back at the airport!  2 foreign nationals are being questioned in an airconditioned office with snacks and hot tea!!!  Oh, the humanity!




CheapBastard's picture

"The Libtards have their heads shoved so far up their butt holes they can lick their tonsils."


~ Gutfield

espirit's picture

Islamic Terrorists,

Libtard Terrorsts,

Media Terrorists,

Financial Terrorists.


Which Terrorist doncha understand?


HowdyDoody's picture

North America Terrorist Organization

Post-Truth Society's picture

Trump is a Muslim. Wake up. He banned Shiite countries, but not his Sunni brothers in Saudi Arabia.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) BaBaBouy Jan 29, 2017 5:05 PM

Who's giving Chuck e Todd his questions now?


Fisherman Blue's picture

Fuck Chuck and all other globalist shits

StagStopa's picture

@realDonaldTrump , straight ahead Mr. President, America is behind You, and you know it.

Everyone I talk to feels the same way. God bless you, Mr. President, you're on your way to becoming the greatest leader the USA has had since Jackson.

Actually, you're a lot like old Hickory..


groaner's picture
groaner (not verified) Jan 29, 2017 4:50 PM

Trump practices safe immegration..   

onewayticket2's picture

Look, the admin is buying itself terrorism insurance.  

The next terrorist attack is on the LEFT.   Trump can say, "see....i've been trying....and you folks called ME the terrorist for merely enforcing the law I swore to uphold"

billwilson2's picture

Obama did a lot better than Bush. Remember 9/11 was on his watch. he was on holiday after he was warned OBL was determined to strike america. Blame the republicans.

SillySalesmanQuestion's picture

The Don, to the libs, snowflakes and MSM.
Kiss. My. Ass.

alexcojones's picture

"Keeping America Safe?"

That's a Federal Crime to Multigenerational Snowflakes

billwilson2's picture

Well Bush sure didn't. His screwed up attack on iraq unleased isis and destabilized the region. Want to blame someone, blame the right person. $3 trillion later and worse off. what a disaster.

Got The Wrong No's picture

So you give Obama and Hillary a pass for funding, arming and training ISIS? Interesting


Also, Obama Bombed 7 Countries in undeclared wars. That is destabilization.

FullHedge's picture

Thank you Mr. Trump!

The Deacon's picture

I should know better and it's been a while....but whatever happened to the page numbers at the bottom?

Can we bring them back or is all about ....Moar clicks?


old_cynic's picture

Definitely popcorn-worthy. Bunches of fun to watch liberal heads explode.  Keep it comin', Don!

jamesmmu's picture

HoserF16's picture

CNN and the SnowFlakes can all go FUCK THEMSELVES. YOU TOO CALIFORNIA!

BeerMe's picture

I find talking heads funny.  If you lined them up and gave them all IQ tests which would do the best?

unwanted flatulence's picture

Thanks Don

Now please vet all the Somalis and other muslims that the brown traitor let in already.

billwilson2's picture

You mean all the iraqi interpreters that saved american lives?

dogismycopilot's picture

people always talk about the terps like they are saints.

the truth is, most of them sold out their country for peanuts.

HowdyDoody's picture

Their biggest mistake? They trusted the US.

Francis Marx's picture

I wish all the lefties and the useful idiots would read the Koran and find this out.



Neochrome's picture

For people on Soros payroll (including McStain and Mrs. Lindsey Graham) any "us and them" is affront, even if "them" is terrorists. What business we have criticizing KSA if we are allowing these traitors to subvert openly and without consequences? 

orangegeek's picture

Chuck Todd can go suck Megyn Kelly's cock!!!!

Farmerz's picture

Elections have consequences........Right?

agentm's picture

but fortunately the 4 muslim countries where trump has very large investments are not banned

nor the 4 countries that the 911 terrorists came from


Neochrome's picture

Nor the other 40 something. 

orangegeek's picture

IIIIIIII knooowwwwwww!!!!  That's just so unfair. 


LMFAO - fuck you snowflake!!!

agentm's picture

In the 40 years to 2015, not a single American was killed on US soil by citizens from any of the seven countries targeted - Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen

Trump claims to be motivated by the horrific September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, but the countries of which the 19 aircraft hijackers were citizens are not on the list – most came from Saudi Arabia and the rest from the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Lebanon.

btw,, i am no snowflake...  i love skiing though,,,

billwilson2's picture

You are trying to reason with someone who has their own altered reality. Don't waste your time. Funny this used to be a great site but now has degerated into a cesspool of hate, mysogony, racism and the like. Sad!

orangegeek's picture

buh buh buh dis site is full of hate and buh buh buh cesspool ...sssooooooo  unfair. 


LMFAO - fuck you snowflake!!!

Got The Wrong No's picture

I see you are astrotruffing with your soros Troll Friends. Stooge

Paracelsus's picture

    Member for nineteen weeks? WooHee!

Been smoking much crack?

Oh, the KSA can f##k off! I will never forget their BS over the Khobar towers

attacks. Religion of Peace.... Right!

billwilson2's picture

you sucking on tRump's dick again.

orangegeek's picture

buh buh buh ma hillary is the the real winner....sssooooooo  unfair. 


LMFAO - fuck you snowflake!!!

billwilson2's picture

Look out behind because you are the one about to get f***ed. trump has a history of fucking everything he touches, or at least trying to.