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President Donald Trump smiles after signing three executive actions in the Oval Office, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump defended his executive order and said it's not a 'Muslim ban'


UPDATE: Jan. 29 at 6:57 p.m. 

President Donald Trump released a statement calling America a "proud nation of immigrants" amid widespread protests Sunday. 

He said the country "will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression," but "while protecting our own citizens and border."

In his statement, Trump insisted this is "not a Muslim ban" and blamed the media fo "falsely reporting" it as such.

Original Story

As the world continues to grapple with the repercussions of President Trump's recent immigration ban, the 45th commander-in-chief denied that the executive order signed Friday was a 'Muslim ban."

"It's working out nicely," Trump said in reference to the 'extreme vetting' program, after he had signed three more executive orders in the Oval Office. "You see it in the airports, you see it all over. Its working out very nicely."

Trump's positive rhetoric in the aftermath of the immigration ban, which prohibits refugees from seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering the United States for 90 days, appears to clash with reports detailing public outcry and denunciation. 

On Saturday, more than 300 peaceful protesters gathered near John F. Kennedy Airport after 12 refugees had been detained under Trump's immigration ban. They held homemade signs that read "No ban, no wall" and "Refugees welcome," NBC News reported.

And, at Washington's Dulles International Airport, about 200 people huddled near one of the terminals, hoping to send President Trump a clear message.

Two Iraqis with ties to the U.S. Army filed a lawsuit against the president and the government after they were detained on Friday in New York, according to CNN.

Despite his detainment, one man still spoke highly of the United States, saying "America is the greatest nation, the greatest people in the world." 

The immigration order also suspends the Syrian refugee program indefinitely, leaving one particular family in political limbo. Under Trump's ban, a Syrian family of six has been prohibited from inhabiting their new home in Cleveland, Ohio--a journey that would have began on Tuesday, according to a report

Trump's remarks on Saturday arrived after he had signed three additional executive orders, aimed at imposing a five-year lobbying ban for administration officials, restructuring the National Security Council's organization, and calling that a plan to defeat ISIS be delivered to him in 30 days.

Just eight days after his inaugural ceremony, President Trump surpasses his predecessor, former President Obama, in the number of executive actions signed in his first week of office, according to NPR. As of Saturday early evening, Trump has signed 14, compared to Obama's 13.

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