Trump: Whether it's a ban or not, it's keeping 'bad people' out

Trump: Whether it's a ban or not, it's keeping 'bad people' out

President Trump on Wednesday dismissed the argument over whether his executive order barring refugees and citizens from seven predominantly Muslim nations is a ban, saying what's important is it's keeping "bad people" out of the U.S.

"Everybody is arguing whether or not it is a BAN," Trump tweeted. "Call it what you want, it is about keeping bad people (with bad intentions) out of country!"

An argument grew Tuesday about whether Trump's executive order was a ban when White House press secretary Sean Spicer chastised the media for using the term.
 
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“It's not a Muslim ban. It's not a travel ban,” Spicer told reporters during a briefing. “It's a vetting system to keep America safe.”
 
Spicer's admonition came despite the fact that Trump and Spicer had both called the order a "ban" in the past.
 
CNN aired a montage of Spicer using the term "ban" to describe the order later Tuesday.
 
“If the ban were announced with a one week notice, the ‘bad’ would rush into our country during that week. A lot of bad ‘dudes’ out there!” Trump tweeted Monday. 
 
When asked about Trump’s tweet, Spicer responded, “He’s using the words that the media is using.”
 
He stressed that the policy does not prevent all Muslims from traveling to the U.S., and that many Muslim-majority nations are not included.
 
“It can’t be a ban if you’re letting a million people in,” he said. “If 325,000 people from another country can come in, that is by nature not a ban. It is extreme vetting.”