The Hill reports:
President Donald Trump defended his executive order on immigration and refugee policy Sunday afternoon in two tweets, posted at around the same time the White House released a statement from the president.
The statement stressed the importance of keeping the country safe and denied that the order amounts to a Muslim ban. But the tweets were a more direct response to criticism from Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham, two outspoken Republicans.
Earlier Sunday, in a joint statement, McCain and Graham said the executive order “sends a signal, intended or not, that America does not want Muslims coming into our country. That is why we fear this executive order may do more to help terrorist recruitment than improve our security.”
The joint statement of former presidential candidates John McCain & Lindsey Graham is wrong – they are sadly weak on immigration. The two…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2017
…Senators should focus their energies on ISIS, illegal immigration and border security instead of always looking to start World War III. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2017
— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) January 29, 2017
Starting World War III is an Article II power and Trump will not have upstart members of the legislative branch doing it before him! https://t.co/MMCCY64jGW
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) January 29, 2017
By referring to them as "former Presidential candidates" he is still reliving his victory and saying "I told you so…you got it wrong" https://t.co/jj61oJSRWm
— Yashar (@yashar) January 29, 2017
Trump 2015: Calls for "complete shutdown of Muslims entering the US."
Trump today: "This is not a Muslim ban…this is not about religion." pic.twitter.com/dqZDlSClb5
— Dominic Holden (@dominicholden) January 29, 2017
President of the United States takes a break from watching Finding Dory to subtly threaten us with World War III via his twitter account. https://t.co/S0SVx6xiQZ
— JuanPa (@jpbrammer) January 29, 2017