German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday voiced opposition to President Donald Trump’s decision to suspend entry to the U.S. for some refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries.
“The chancellor regrets the U.S. government’s entry ban against refugees and citizens of certain countries,” Ms. Merkel’s spokesman said in a statement. “She is convinced that the necessary, decisive battle against terrorism does not justify a general suspicion against people of a certain origin or a certain religion.”
Mrs. May’s official spokesman said Britain doesn’t agree with the travel ban and will be studying whether any U.K. nationals will be affected.
“If there is any impact on U.K. nationals then clearly we will make representations to the U.S. government about that,” the spokesman said in a statement.
The remarks follow an executive order issued by Mr. Trump on Friday to suspend entry into the U.S. for anyone from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen for at least 90 days. Refugees, visa holders and other individuals from these countries who had been legally authorized to enter the U.S. were detained as they flew into the U.S. on Saturday.
The developments sparked protests at major airports across the U.S.
Late Saturday, a federal judge ordered the government to stop the removal of refugees and immigrants who had already been detained at airports. But the Department of Homeland Security issued a statement Sunday saying Mr. Trump’s executive order would largely be unaffected by the court order.
Mr. Trump spoke with several world leaders, including Ms. Merkel, via phone on Saturday, discussing issues such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the global fight against terrorism.Read More...
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