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Posted by PBS NewsHour on Tuesday, January 31, 2017
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is insisting President Donald Trump’s immigration order should not be referred to as a travel “ban.” That’s despite the fact the president has called it that himself.
Spicer says during a press briefing that, “When we use words like travel ban that misrepresents what it is.” He says “a ban would mean people can’t get in.”
Trump’s policy bars the entry of nationals from seven majority-Muslim countries for 90 days and temporarily suspends the country’s refugee program.
Trump himself referred to his order as “the ban” in a Monday tweet.
Spicer says Trump was only using the media’s words.
Watch Spicer’s remarks in the player above.
Earlier in the day, reporters also questioned Department of Homeland Security Sec. John Kelly about his agency’s vetting of the order and how agents will handle it going forward.