Speaking today to host George Stephanopoulos of ABC News’ “Good Morning America,” Kellyanne Conway defended President Trump’s criticisms of Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham. Saying that Trump expects Republican backing, the leading advisor to Trump said, "We want them to be there for the president and support him." Conway also said that Trump has had impressive accomplishments in just over a week in office.  "I mean, Donald Trump has been on the job for — what? — eight, nine, 10 days. Barack Obama was here for eight years," she said. "The extraordinary accomplishments in just the first week truly are breathtaking."
 
Stephanopoulos queried Conway about Trump’s January 27 executive order, which temporarily suspends immigration from seven mostly-Muslim countries in the Middle East and Africa — Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran and Libya — for 90 days. It also blocks refugees from entering the country for 120 days; refugees from Syria are barred indefinitely. The world’s largest Muslim country, Indonesia, was not included. When he asked why the order does not specify the three countries from which the 9/11 attackers came from -- Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates — Conway recalled that Trump's order follows the Obama administration's lead.
 
"These countries were identified by President Obama. President Trump is merely following President Obama's lead on state-sponsored terrorist countries, where they have a history of training and exporting, harboring terrorists," she said. In 2011, following revelations that Iraqi refugees were fomenting terrorism in the United States, Obama temporarily suspended immigration from Iraq. 
 
Conway said that media outlets have overblown the impact of the executive order. The White House has said that of the approximatley 325,000 immigrants who entered the US in one day, only 109 were halted on the basis of Trump’s executive orders. "This is temporary. It is narrowly prescribed," she said.
 
Democrats have excoriated the Trump administration over the executive order, while some Republicans have joined them. Sens. McCain and Graham, for example, issued a joint statement condemning the roll-out of the implementation and suggested that it will be used as a recruitment tool by Muslim fanatics.

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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