This weekend has been spent observing the mess that President Donald Trump created with one stroke of a pen as he signed the executive order to ban the entry of individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries into the United States.
Of course, we’ve also spent some of that time watching the various Twitter meltdowns he’s had this weekend also. The work never ends, however, as Trump has posted yet another statement regarding the “extreme vetting” executive action.
His statement started out regaling the reader with a quick history lesson of how America is made up of immigrants.
‘America is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border. America has always been the land of the free and home of the brave.’
You know what’s brave? An Iraqi man that helps the U.S. government during the Iraq War with translation. What’s also brave is working with the U.S. government, being deemed a collaborator by terrorist groups, having to flee, and being separated from your wife and son as they move on to the U.S. for safety. The problem is Hameed Khalid Darweesh and Haider Sameer Abdulkaleq Alshawi were detained Friday after arriving in the US, despite having visas.
The statement went on to, of course, blame the media. No statement from Trump would be a real statement if he didn’t find a way to blame the media.
‘We will keep it free and keep it safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say. My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months. The seven countries named in the Executive Order are the same countries previously identified by the Obama administration as sources of terror. To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting.’
If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck Cheeto brain. The “extreme vetting” executive action screams “QUACK” as loud as it can.
As for the Obama policy that barred visas for refugees from Iraq, the Washington Post laid out the facts. They first noted that Obama responded to an actual threat. When the ban was instituted, it had been discovered that two Iraqi refugees had been tied to bomb-making targeting U.S. troops. They wrote:
‘Under congressional pressure, officials decided to reexamine all previous refugees and also impose new screening procedures, which led to a slowdown in processing new applications. Trump, by contrast, issued his executive order without any known triggering threat.’
So, Trump is “protecting” us against a faceless threat. Obama was responding to a known threat. Furthermore, there was never an announcement of a “ban” on visas. Visa application processing was slowed down; however, there was no real ban. Furthermore, they found that Obama’s policy did not ban green-card holders from coming into the U.S. Trump’s policy is almost all-inclusive – though they have stepped it back some after severe backlash. WaPo labeled Trump’s statement with a rating of “Two Pinocchios” when it comes to fact checking. The statement could not reek any more of Republican-tinged hate (and perhaps jealousy) for Obama if he wrote, “Thanks Obama!”
The statement went on to mention there were many more Muslim-majority countries that are not banned in the executive action.
‘This is not about religion – this is about terror and keeping our country safe. There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order. We will again be issuing visas to all countries once we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most secure policies over the next 90 days.’
Let’s stop a moment. The problem is not who he banned but what countries he did not ban. The seven countries banned include Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. Obama’s administration did label the countries as “countries of concern.” However, the executive order does not include Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, or the United Arab Emirates. Fifteen of the nineteen hijackers on 9/11 were from Saudi Arabia. Two were from the United Arab Emirates, one from Egypt, and one from Lebanon. Trump has eight business ties to Saudi Arabia. He’s also got some to the United Arab Emirates. Oh yes, and there are ties to Egypt too. Even the chief ethics lawyer for the Bush administration noted the irony behind that.
The statement finished off promising Trump really does actually care about people in Syria – but America comes first.
‘I have tremendous feeling for the people involved in this horrific humanitarian crisis in Syria. My first priority will always be to protect and serve our country, but as President I will find ways to help all those who are suffering.’
Get to it Cheeto man. Get to it.
Featured image via Getty Images / Mark Wilson.