President Trump’s most recent executive order effectively bans citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. for at least 90 days — but some Muslim countries were spared from the order’s blacklist, even though they have deep-seated ties to terrorism.
Conspicuously, Trump doesn’t hold any business interests in any of the countries on the list, but holds major stakes in several of those excluded from it, records show.
Friday’s executive order, signed at the Pentagon, suspends the issuing of U.S. visas or travel permits to people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Got that? According to the New York Daily News, President Trump should be including places like Egypt and Saudi Arabia on the list, but because he has business ties in those countries, he will not. This is proof of his corruption.
There is just one problem. Had the New York Daily News and those raising this allegation of corruption bothered to read the executive order, they would find that Donald Trump never mentioned any country except Syria. What he did mention was 8 U.S.C. 1182(f), a federal law signed by Barack Obama. That law and 8 U.S.C. 1187(a)(12), also mentioned in the executive order and enacted by Jimmy Carter in 1979, are all President Trump uses.
The countries being prohibited are the three state sponsors of terrorism (Iran, Sudan, and Syria) and those countries the Department of Homeland Security restricted in the Visa Waiver Program (Libya, Somalia, and Yemen). Those three countries were added in 2016.
For anyone who has bothered to read Donald Trump’s Executive Order, you will know immediately it is legal because it is based on multiple statutes giving the President authority to restrict immigration from state sponsors of terrorism and countries restricted under the Visa Waiver Program.
On top of that, all the countries affected by Trump’s order were put on those lists by prior administrations, including Barack Obama’s.
That either makes Donald Trump an amazing time traveler, or it makes the New York Daily News a peddler of fake news.