Trump’s Off-Hand Remark After Day One of ‘Muslim Ban’ is Only Going to Drive His Opposition Crazier

President Donald Trump signed executive orders on Friday that temporarily closed America’s doors to refugees (for 120 days) and to citizens of Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen (90 days).

Although the majority of Americans believe this to be the “Muslim ban” that President Trump spoke of during the campaign, Business Insider reported that it isn’t quite that simple:

The official also rebuked the notion that Trump’s order amounted to a Muslim ban, noting that several predominantly Muslim countries are not affected. The official said the amount of people affected by the action is “relatively small.”

“It’s important to keep in mind that no person living or residing overseas has a right to entry to the US,” the official said.

But just 24 hours after the orders were signed, chaos reigned at JFK airport in New York:

Things got so congested that JFK officials began to warn travelers of potential delays:

And when the New York Taxi Workers Alliance joined the protesters:

Things at JFK went from bad to worse:

Protesters got so thick that JFK officials were forced to close the airport shuttles to all but ticketed passengers and employees in order to prevent bringing additional protesters in:

According to Business Insider, however, the president is of the opinion that everything is under control:

“It’s not a Muslim ban,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office as he signed several executive orders.

“It’s working out very nicely. You see it at the airports, you see it all over,” he added.

And while JFK seems to be the only airport affected by protests, LAX jumped into the conversation by retweeting a statement issued by the mayor of Los Angeles:

The tweet referenced a statement published on Friday by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, which reads:

One of America’s defining legacies in the world is the welcoming of people who arrive on our shores to escape the horrors of war, oppression, and violent persecution. The Executive Order signed today by the President unfairly targets refugees — many of them families with young children — whose lives may depend on the compassion and generosity of the United States.

There is no evidence that this approach will improve national security. Our country is not made safer by turning away from values and traditions that speak to the best of who we are as a nation, and what we believe as a people.

There was no indication whether LAX’s support for the mayor’s statement meant that the airport would fail to comply with the executive order.

What do you think?

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