Trump’s travel ban is a “waste of money and time to protect Americans,” said the president, whose executive order temporarily halted immigration from six majority-Muslim countries.
“I have ordered a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” Trump said during a news conference in New York.
“And then, we’re going to start vetting them very carefully.
And then we’re just going to be very, very, strict.”
Trump’s executive order suspends immigration from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days, while banning entry to the United Nations for 120 days.
The administration has not provided any evidence that the ban is linked to terrorism or has harmed the US economy.
The ban was signed by Trump in April, but he was already expected to implement the policy as he has for several months.
“The President made a mistake.
We’ll fix it,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in response to the travel ban order.
Trump also said the ban will be a success.
“We will have the lowest numbers of immigration, the lowest number of refugees,” Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden.
“But I have a feeling that we’re gonna have a great time.”
“It is a big deal,” Sanders added, later adding: “I think it’s going to work.”