White House Spokesman Sean Spicer spoke on behalf of Trump in a press conference Monday about the recent executive orders to temporarily ban Muslim-majority nations from entering the country. His statement was aggressive and anti-diplomatic as he encouraged federal employees to “either get with the program or they can go.”
“The president has a very clear vision. He’s been clear on it since the campaign. He’s been clear on it since taking office, that he’s going to put this safety of this country first. He is going to implement things that are in the best interest of the safety of this country prospectively, not re-actively,” Spicer said at the White House. “And if somebody has a problem with that agenda then that does call into question whether or not they should continue in that post or not.”
His statements came after a memo came out warning that not only will the new immigration policy not keep America safe, but it will harm efforts to prevent terrorist attacks.
The memo states that the ban “will not achieve its stated aim of to protect the American people from terrorist attacks by foreign nationals admitted to the United States.”
The memo goes on to warn the move will increase anti-American belief.
“Almost one-third of these countries’ combined populations are children under the age of 15; there is no question that their perception of the United States will be heavily colored by this ban,” the memo says. “We are directly (impacting) the attitudes of current and future leaders in these societies — including those for whom this may be a tipping point towards radicalization.”
This could become increasingly impactful to the fight against terror. If we show these countries that we believe that they are all terrorist just because they are Muslim-majority countries it doesn’t paint a good picture of the United States. This goes against everything the constitution stands for.
“By alienating them, we lose access to the intelligence and resources (needed) to fight the root causes of terror abroad” before attacks occur in the US, the draft memo reads.
This move is taking America back and according to the memo “Decades from now we will look back and realize we made the same mistakes” we did during World War II that imprisoned Japanese-Americans.