In the face of widespread criticism, US president Donald Trump has staunchly defended his order temporarily banning refugees and nearly all citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Canada will offer temporary residency to travellers stranded by U.S. President Donald Trump’s orders temporarily barring people from seven Muslim-majority countries, a senior official said on Monday.
The Emirates airline has changed its pilot and attendant rosters on flights to the United States following the US travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries, highlighting the challenges facing airlines trying to deal with the new rules.
A lot been going on lately and i don’t know what’s right or wrong anymore, is Potus doing the right thing or not?
The leaders of Britain and Germany joined other American allies Sunday in criticising President Donald Trump’s US entry ban for people from some Muslim-majority countries, even as far-right politicians on the continent celebrated the move.
Protesters hold signs in opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump's ban on immigration and travel outside Terminal 4 at JFK airport in Queens, New York City.(Reuters)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel also regrets the travel ban.
“She is convinced that even the necessary, resolute fight against terrorism doesn’t justify putting people of a particular origin or particular faith under general suspicion,” Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert said.
Merkel raised the issue during a phone call with Trump on Saturday, citing the 1951 Geneva Refugee Convention that calls on signatories to take in people fleeing war, Seibert said.
“The German government will now examine what consequences the US government’s measures have for German citizens with dual citizenship and, if necessary, represent their interests toward our American partners,” he said.
An initial joint US-German statement following the call made no mention of the topic of refugees or travel bans.
Among the first leaders to voice criticism was French President Francois Hollande, who said Saturday that “when (Trump) rejects the arrival of refugees, while Europe has done its duty, we should respond to him.”
Meanwhile, nationalist and far-right groups in Europe applauded the US travel restrictions.
The Dutch anti-Islam populist Geert Wilders said in a tweet:
- Here’s a list of Democrats who have publicly said they won’t be at the ceremony Friday
- Some representatives will be protesting in DC and in their districts instead
A growing number of Democratic lawmakers are boycotting President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, particularly after revelations of Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election and his rebuke of civil rights icon John Lewis on Saturday.