An unfazed Donald Trump has insisted his controversial decision to impose travel curbs on people from seven predominantly Islamic countries was “not a Muslim ban” as his White House doubled down to defend the step as a move to avoid a situation that exists in parts of Europe.
“To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting. This is not about religion – this is about terror and keeping our country safe,” the US president said.
To stress his point, Trump added: “There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order.”
Trump signed the order on Friday imposing an indefinite travel ban on Syrian refugees and a temporary curb on people from six other countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Yemen and Somalia – from entering the US for at least 90 days.
The move has invited criticism and outrage at home and from…