Portman: Trump's order 'not properly vetted'

Portman: Trump's order 'not properly vetted'

Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanPhase-four virus relief hits a wall GOP senator to donate 2 months of salary in coronavirus fight Senators pen op-ed calling for remote voting amid coronavirus pandemic MORE (R-Ohio) on Sunday said President Trump's sweeping executive order barring refugees and people from seven majority-Muslim nations did not go through the necessary vetting process.

"It was not properly vetted. So you have an extreme vetting proposal that didn't get the vetting it should have had," Portman said on CNN's "State of the Union."

"And as a result, in the implementation, we've seen some problems."

Portman said people need to figure out what the executive order actually says.

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"We ought to all take a deep breath and come up with something that makes sense," he said.

The Ohio senator also said that America has always been a "welcoming home for refugees and immigrants" and it should stay that way.

The president on Friday signed an order that bars Syrian refugees indefinitely and halts the country's refugee resettlement program for four months.

It also denies entry for 90 days to people from seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya.

A federal judge in New York on Saturday night granted an emergency stay temporarily halting the removal of immigrants and refugees detained following Trump's order.