Pres. Donald Trump said in an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly on Sunday that he believes that the implementation of his now-halted travel ban went smoothly and repeated a false statistic that only 109 travelers were affected by the executive order.
Mediaite.com reported that O’Reilly asked Trump how the travel ban’s rollout went in the wake of the Friday night executive order.
“I think it was very smooth,” Trump said. “You had 109 people out of hundreds of thousands of travelers and all we did was vet those people very, very carefully.”
He also hit back against reports that members of his administration were left out of the decision-making process on the executive order, saying, “General Kelly, who’s now Secretary Kelly, he said he totally knew, he was aware of it and it was very smooth.”
As Mediaite noted, Sean Spicer floated the idea that only 109 travelers had their plans disrupted in the chaos that resulted in airports across the country and around the world as different branches of Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grappled with how to implement so broadly-worded an order.
While DHS estimates suggest that around 375 travelers who were in transit were stranded or detained, thousands of refugees were put into limbo when Trump scuttled the U.S. refugee program.
A Washington federal judge halted the executive order on Friday, and thus far the Trump administration’s challenges to the ruling have been denied.
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Japan wants to dump Fukushima radioactive water into ocean
Japan's top government spokesman slapped down the environment minister on Tuesday after he said there was "no other option" but to release radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean.
"It is not true that we have decided on the disposal method," Chief Cabinet Minister Yoshihide Suga told reporters after Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada's comments earlier in the day.
The operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), is storing more than one million tonnes of contaminated water in tanks at the site of Fukushima Daiichi Plant that was wrecked by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown.
Here’s one big reason why Trump is having a white-hot meltdown over the Fed not dropping interest rates
President Donald Trump has a personal conflict-of-interest that may be impacting his decisions in his public feud with Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell.
"President Trump stands to save millions of dollars annually in interest on outstanding loans on his hotels and resorts if the Federal Reserve lowers rates as he has been demanding, according to public filings and financial experts," The Washington Post reported Saturday.
Trump approves of North Korea missile tests: ‘I have no problem’ because they’re just ‘short-range missiles’
On Thursday, in conversation with reporters, President Donald Trump said that he had 'no problem' with North Korea's new round of missile tests.
"Short-range missiles, we never made an agreement on that," said Trump. "I have no problem, we'll see what happens, but these are short-range missiles. They're very standard."
The thought that short-range missiles would still be capable of hitting our allies in the region, like South Korea and Japan, does not seem to have occurred to him.
Trump says he has "no problem" with North Korea testing missiles because they are just "short-range missiles" that are "very standard." pic.twitter.com/fdKtQ6yrBE