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I owe no apology for My travel ban on Muslim —Trump to Buhari

President Trump said Monday he won’t
apologize for his past comments about
Muslims and suggestions of a Muslim ban,
saying he doubts it would make a difference
to the courts that are deciding the legality of
his travel ban policy.
“I think if I apologize it wouldn’t make 10
cents worth of difference. There’s nothing to
apologize for,” Mr. Trump told The
Washington Times at a press conference at
the White House with the Nigerian president.

The travel ban went before the Supreme
Court for oral argument last week, and the
lawyer for Mr. Trump ’s opponents, former
top Obama administration litigator Neal
Katyal, said if Mr. Trump would recant his
previous statements the case against him
could disappear.
During the 2016 campaign Mr. Trump
proposed a temporary ban on Muslim entry
to the U.S. as the crux of an “extreme
vetting” policy.
When he took office, he imposed a ban on
entry for citizens from seven majority-Muslim
countries previously identified by Congress
and the Obama administration as having
terrorism connections. That initial policy was
blocked by the courts.
A second version applying to six majority-
Muslim countries was allowed to go into
partial effect by the Supreme Court.
Mr. Trump has now released a third version
that applies to an updated list of both
majority-Muslim and non-Muslim countries,
with differing levels of sanctions.
With the case pending before the Supreme
Court, Mr. Katyal said all of Mr. Trump ’s
policies are tainted by anti-Muslim “animus”
the president displayed during the campaign.
Muslim Advocates, a group that has
vehemently opposed Mr. Trump , said by
refusing to apologize for his past statements
Mr. Trump has proved he’s still motivated by
animus.
“If there was ever any doubt about whether
President Trump continues to endorse the
anti-Muslim rhetoric he promoted on the
campaign trail, his statement today serves to
definitively dispel it,” said Farhana Khera, the
group’s executive director. “In fact, those
anti-Muslim statements and campaign
promises led directly to the Muslim ban.”
The group blamed Mr. Trump for “an
unprecedented spike in hate violence against
Muslims and mosque attacks.”

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