CNN’s Jake Tapper played footage Tuesday afternoon of White House press secretary Sean Spicer describing President Trump’s executive order on immigration as a “ban” on multiple occasions.
Earlier Tuesday, Spicer said Trump’s executive order temporarily prohibiting entry of refugees and visitors from seven Muslim-majority to the United States was not a “ban” — even after Trump called it one on Twitter. He charged that the media is using a biased description when it calls the action a ban.
“It seems odd though, right? If you object to the term, you shouldn’t use it, right?” Tapper asked, before showing a clip of Spicer describing the executive order as a ban in a Sunday interview with ABC.
“To be fair — that was Sean Spicer on Sunday. Surely he has not used the world ‘ban’ since then, since, I don’t know, last night when he spoke at George Washington University,” Tapper continued.
He then played a clip of Spicer again describing the action as a ban at the event Monday evening.
“OK, everybody clear now? Nobody should follow the lead of the biased media and call the executive action a 'ban,’” Tapper said.
At his press briefing on Tuesday, Spicer said the media was using biased terms by describing the order as a ban.
“It's not a Muslim ban. It's not a travel ban,” Spicer told reporters. “It's a vetting system to keep America safe.”
But Trump himself described the order as a ban in a tweet on Monday.
“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.
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 30, 2017
Spicer defended Trump’s use of the word on Tuesday, saying he was using words “the media is using” in his tweet.
Trump's executive order bars citizens of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia from entering the country for 90 days, suspends entry for refugees for 120 days and indefinitely suspends entry for refugees from Syria.