HAS the new US President played his “trump card” too early in his presidency? Only time will tell. In late January, President Donald Trump signed an executive order which suspended all refugee admissions into the US for 120 days and barred entry to citizens of seven countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
During his presidential campaign, Trump had in fact floated the idea of “a complete and total ban” on all Moslems entering the United States. Although his Executive Order didn’t go all the way to doing that, White House spokesman, Sean Spicer, gloated that the president had “hit the ground running, had a flurry of activity, to do exactly what he said he was going to do.” While the Trump administration has dismissed accusations of being antiMoslem, the fact remains that all seven countries are predominantly Islamic. Criticism has flowed across the Globe from several countries.
However, the backlash against Trump’s executive order has not been restricted to international condemnation. It has led to widespread protests within the United States where criticism has come from affected American citizens, state governors, judges and immigration and homeland security staff. The acting US Attorney General, Sally Yates was promptly “Trump-dumped” for defying the order – an indication of Donald Trump’s resolve to rule with an iron fist in true “The Apprentice” fashion.
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