During an interview with CNN Sunday, Republican Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio) blasted President Donald Trump over his decision to bar entry to all refugees and individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries, saying the executive order was “not properly vetted”.
“I think the executive order was not properly vetted, so you have an extreme vetting proposal that didn’t get the vetting it should have had, and as a result, we’re seeing some problems,” Portman told Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union”.
Portman, who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee criticized Trump for leaving Congress out of the loop in his decision and said he supports the Federal Court ruling, blocking Trump’s immigration order.
“We ought to take a deep breath and come up with something that makes sense,” he said, according to The Huffington Post.
Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly said that immigrants targeted by the Trump administration ― represented by the American Civil Liberties Union ― “have a strong likelihood of success in establishing that the removal of the petitioners and others similarly situated violates the rights to Due Process and Equal Protection guaranteed by the United States Constitution.”
Other Republicans in Congress ― Sens. Ben Sasse (Neb.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.) and Susan Collins (Maine), along with Reps. Charlie Dent (Pa.) and Justin Amash (Mich.) ― have also come out against Trump’s executive order, according to the report.