WASHINGTON – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Friday used his own page to criticize Donald Trump’s executive order that will severely limit immigrants from certain Muslim-majority countries.
Zuckerberg became the first high profile tech industry leader to open up about Trump’s foreign policy aimed at banning citizens from Muslim countries and mainly Syria.
“Like many of you, I’m concerned about the impact of the recent executive orders signed by President Trump,” the Facebook CEO wrote on his Facebook page.
“We need to keep this country safe, but we should do that by focusing on people who actually pose a threat … We should also keep our doors open to refugees and those who need help. That’s who we are.” his statement added.
This is not the first time Mark showed his concerns regarding Trump’s policy. In April last year when Trump was not finalized as president he also took a swipe at the tycoon regarding his plans to build a wall along Mexico.
“I hear fearful voices talking about building walls … It takes courage to chose hope over fear,” he said at a conference.
Zuckerberg’s outburst came in the purview of Trump’s new executive order formally banning citizens from seven Muslim countries and Syrian refugees.
Fulfilling the promise he made during the nail-biting election campaign, Trump at a ceremony to swear in James Mattis as his secretary of defence, signed a decree entitled: ‘Protection of the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States’.
Initially, the US refugee resettlement program has been suspended for 120 days so that the new Trump administration can establish new, possibly stricter vetting rules for visa applicants.