Trump aide calls immigration order a 'massive success story'

The White House is defending President Trump's executive order barring refugees and people from seven predominately Muslim countries from entering the U.S, with one official calling it a "massive success story."

“It really is a massive success story in terms of implementation on every single level,” a senior administration official told reporters during a briefing late Sunday

The official also called for the media to stop its "false, misleading, inaccurate, hyperventilating" coverage of the "fractional, marginal, minuscule percentage" of travelers who were "set aside for further questioning" under the order.

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The order was drafted with help from "several of the top immigration staff on Capitol Hill," the official said.
 
The official also said the ban was put into place without warning because "everybody here can use their imaginations to imagine 25 reasons that wouldn't make sense from a security standpoint, a management standpoint, from just an airport-safety standpoint, you name it."
 
Trump's executive order signed Friday bars Syrian refugees indefinitely and halts the U.S. refugee resettlement program for four months. It also denies entry for 90 days to people from seven predominately Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Libya.
 
After the order was signed, reports emerged of refugees being detained upon arrival at U.S. airports and new details continued to surface about the exact scope of who would be impacted.
 
Top aides to the president on Sunday defended the order, denying it constituted a Muslim ban and pointing to the Obama administration for identifying the seven countries included in the order.
 
The Trump team also stood behind the executive order's implementation amid backlash from some lawmakers and protests that broke out Saturday and Sunday in cities across the country.
 
During the Sunday briefing, one of the officials sought to clarify some pieces of the order, saying that green card holders are "exempt" from the order.

“Some of the confusion stemming from the green-card issue is just semantic in nature,” the official said. “I think some of the confusion stems from the semantic debate about the meaning of the word 'exemption.' Again, internally, we've been clear on this from the beginning, and we've waived people through.”

The official also said the implementation of the order had been "done seamlessly and with extraordinary professionalism."