WASHINGTON – US president Donald Trump has indicated that both Pakistani and Afghan citizens will have to go through an extreme vetting process before entering the United States.
In an interview to ABC News, Trump expressed that he was going to sign an order placing a ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries entering US but it was delayed due to a huge public backlash.
In his first interview to a television channel as president, Trump opened up about diverse issues from Obamacare to immigration and war against terrorists.
He said he was focusing on the people who came with evil intentions.
‘I don’t want that. They’re ISIS [Islamic State militant group]. They’re coming under false pretence. I don’t want that’ Trump said.
When asked about Pakistani and Afghan citizens entering US, Trump opined the need for extreme vetting.
‘We’re going to have extreme vetting in all cases. And I mean extreme. And we’re not letting people in if we think there’s even a little chance of some problem’ Trump asserted.
The recently sworn-in president said he would also create safe zones in Syria for refugees to live in, as he would not allow them to enter the US.
He maintained that his predecessor Barack Obama and secretaries of state Hillary Clinton and John Kerry had allowed tens of thousands of people to enter the country.
He also replied to a question regarding escalation of anger among Muslims for his Muslim ban policy.
‘There’s plenty of anger right now. How can you have more? The world is as angry as it gets’ Trump observed.
It is relevant to mention that reports regarding establishment of a registry for collecting data about Muslims living in the US, sparked anger among human rights activists and a former secretary of state said she too would register as a Muslim if Muslims were asked to do so.
I was raised Catholic, became Episcopalian & found out later my family was Jewish. I stand ready to register as Muslim in #solidarity.
— Madeleine Albright (@madeleine) January 25, 2017