The Terrorist Entry Executive Order

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ss5I have to admit I’m very interested in Trump’s most recent executive order issued Friday:

Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into The United States.

What’s fascinating to me is that while the text of the executive order itself doesn’t name specific countries, the seven being targeted (Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen) are the ones Obama himself had identified as countries of concern and for which Obama did in fact enact additional travel restrictions, although those restrictions were rather narrow in scope compared to Trump’s executive order.

It’s also being widely reported that Trump has no business dealings in these seven countries of concern. Even more interesting to me is that the executive order specifically references the 9/11 attacks, but none of the countries from which the 9/11 attackers actually came (Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Lebanon) are being targeted. And Trump does have business dealings in some of these countries according to the financial disclosure forms he filled out during the campaign. Specifically, he has business interests in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.

Now, so far we could say this is all just a coincidence, however bizarre it may seem. But if Trump is truly just getting started with travel restrictions meant to keep terrorists out, wouldn’t it be reasonable to expect that some of the countries that have actually successfully sent terrorists to attack the USA will be added to the list? I’m just trying to figure out why Trump would specifically mention the 9/11 attacks but then give free passes to the countries the 9/11 attackers came from. It just doesn’t make sense to me. It will be interesting to see where this goes from here!

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