Donald Trump originally dubbed his executive order suspending refugee arrivals and barring visas for travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries a “Muslim ban,” according to the president’s aide Rudy Giuliani, AFP reports.
“When he first announced it he said, ‘Muslim ban,'” the former New York mayor told Fox News last night when asked whether the ban was connected to religion. “Show me the right way to do it legally,” Giuliani — who Trump has tapped as his cyber security guru — said the US president told him.
AFP adds that the 72-year-old said he and a team of legal experts “focused on — instead of religion — danger!” when they drafted the immigration crackdown that has sparked a global outcry and mass protests. Giuliani said those predominately Muslim countries were targeted because they are “the areas of the world that create danger for us.” “Which is a factual basis, not a religious basis,” he said.