President Donald Trump said his plans to temporarily halt the entry of refugees and citizens of several Muslim-majority countries into the U.S. was “not the Muslim ban” he frequently promised on the campaign trail but that he still planned to institute “extreme vetting” against certain nations.
“No, it’s not the Muslim ban,” the president told ABC’s David Muir during an interview that aired Wednesday night, while reiterating the need to restrict access into the U.S. in some form.
“You’re looking at people that come in in many cases with evil intentions. I don’t want that. They’re ISIS. They’re coming in under false pretense. I don’t want that,” he added.
According to a draft copy and supporting material for a White House executive order that the president plans to unveil as early as Thursday, the move will restrict immigration from seven Muslim majority countries: Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and Iran. The document also calls for a 120-day suspension of the U.S.’s refugee resettlement program.