Monday afternoon President Donald Trump signed an executive order re-instituting a new and improved ban on travel from six countries after dropping Iraq from the original that was put on hold by a federal court.
However, according to White House sources speaking with the Daily Beast, the newly constructed ban contains an opening that would allow the President to add other countries after the furor over new one subsides.
The new ban still includes Yemen, Somalia, Syria, Libya, Sudan, and Iran, with the administration claiming Iraq was dropped because the Iraqi government stated it would share more information about travelers and agreed to take back Iraqis booted from the U.S.
However, during the 90-day freeze mandated by the executive order, more countries could be added to the list.
According to insiders, Trump has asked the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department to investigate whether there are any other countries whose citizens should be banned. Additionally, White House officials were unclear whether Trump would request another ban at the end of the new one when it expires — should it not be struck down by the courts in the mean time.
At issue for the courts will be whether the travel ban do-over once again illegally discriminates against travelers based upon their religion.
The six countries remaining on the list are all Muslim-majority countries.
Nancy Pelosi roasts Mark Zuckerberg for ‘pandering’ to Trump and his ‘silly’ tantrums
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday mocked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for his efforts to appease President Donald Trump's criticisms of major social media companies.
During a press conference, Pelosi said that Zuckerberg "just panders" to Trump in an effort to preserve his business model, which she described as a platform for people to "misrepresent facts" without consequence.
"They knew during the 2016 elections that the Russians were engaged in foul play," she said. "They knew, because they saw where the money was coming from!"
She then turned her attention to Trump's new executive order that will reportedly open up tech platforms to more lawsuits.
Pennsylvania Dem unloads on GOPers who pushed to reopen as they hid colleague’s COVID-19 infection
Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims (D) lashed out at Republican lawmakers who remained silent after testing positive for COVID-19.
Democrats this week accused Republicans of withholding information after Rep. Andrew Lewis (R) tested positive for the virus.
"It's been a week, perhaps longer, that House Republican leadership knew that at least one of their members had tested positive for COVID-19," Sims explained in a Facebook post. "But they didn't go on quarantine until they were done serving alongside us, especially those of us that serve on the State Government Committee."
‘Art of the Deal’ ghostwriter: ‘Psychopath’ Trump is ‘driven by an insatiable narcissistic hunger’ and an obsessive ‘need to dominate’
President Ronald Reagan, in the 1980s, famously asserted that someone who agreed with him 70% of the time was a 70% ally and not a 30% enemy. But President Donald Trump, on the other hand, is furious if someone disagrees with him even on rare occasions. Author Tony Schwartz, who co-wrote or ghost-wrote Trump’s famous 1987 book, “The Art of the Deal,” analyzes Trump’s mentality in a May 28 article for Medium — stressing that the president is motivated, above all else, by a “need to dominate.”