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doing, with your opposition to trump and you and the left-wing joining together, you don't want to change the system. the system suits you find. fine. you need to go away. host: we will leave it there. guest: i'm glad you trust james comey and the fbi. i wouldn't trust him blindly, but it is donald trump who attacked him saturday morning, not me, so your problem is with donald trump. i disagree with donald trump on something. >> we are going to leave this. you can find it online c-span.org. we are now live foreign announcement -- for an announcement at the homeland security department. >> good morning. thank you for joining us. the executive order signed by the president earlier today protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the united states is a vital measure for strengthening our national security.
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it is the president's solemn duty to protect the american people and with this order president trump is exercising his rightful authority to keep our people safe. as threats continue to evolve and change, common sense stick takes that we continually reevaluate and reassess the systems we rely upon to protect our country. made completely infallible but the american people are going to have high confidence we are identifying ways to improve the setting process and keep terrorists from entering our country. to our allies, please understand this order is part of our ongoing efforts to eliminate vulnerabilities, that radical terrorists from islamic nations can exploit. the state department will coordinate with other agencies and implement these restrictions in an orderly manner.
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our embassies and consulates around the world will play an important role in making sure that our nation is secure as it can be. the state department will of lament the provisions of this order that allow for the admissions of refugees when it is determined they do not pose a risk to the security or welfare of the united states. upon the president's initial executive order issued on january the 27th, the state council of affairs and dramatic security offices immediately undertook a review in coordination with the department of homeland security to identify additional measures that would strengthen our vetting of those who gain entry to the united states from seven named countries. these early efforts were concentrated on iraq. iraq is an important ally in the fight to defeat isis. with their brave soldiers fighting in close coordination with america's men and women in uniform. this intense review over the past months identifies multiple
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security measures that the state department and the government of iraq will be implement in to achieve our shared objectives of preventing those with criminal or terrorist intent from reaching the united states. i want to express my appreciation to prime minister of iraq for his positive engagement and support for implementing these actions. the united states welcomes this kind of close cooperation with countries in every region of the world who share our commitment to national security. bolsterised order will the security of the united states and her allies. now, we have spent the morning briefing the congress and the press and we will continue to talk with key stakeholders this afternoon. experts from the department of homeland security, the department of justice, and the state department hosted an hour-long call with the media on this topic this morning.
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our collective teams will continue throughout the day to follow up with congress, the media and stakeholders to enter your questions. -- answer your questions. i will now turn it to the attorney general for your comments. >> thank you, mr. secretary. good morning to all of you. department'sstice top priorities is to protect the united states from threats to our national security. therefore i want to discuss two points. first the national security basis of this order and second the department of justice role in defending the lawful orders of the president of the united states. first, as president trump noted in his address to congress, the majority of people convicted in our courts for terrorism related offenses since 9/11 came here from iran. who support people
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or commit terrorist attacks will try to enter through our refugee program. more than 300 people according to the fbi came here as refugees and are under an fbi investigation for potential terrorism related activities. like every nation, the united states has a right to control who enters our country and to keep out those who would do us harm. this executive order speaks to protect the american people as well as awful immigrants by putting in place and enhanced screening and vetting process for visitors from six countries. three of these nations are state sponsors of terrorism. the other three have served as safe havens for terrorists countries, countries where governments have lost control of their territory to terrorist groups like isil or al qaeda and its affiliates. this increases the risk that people are admitted hear from these countries that they may
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belong to terrorist groups or may have been radicalized. we cannot compromise our security by allowing visitors their own governments are unable or unwilling to provide the information we need to vet them responsibly. or when those governments actively support terrorism. this executive order responsibly so wees a needed pause can carefully review how we scrutinize people coming here from these countries of concern. second, the department of justice believes that this executive order, just as the first executive order, is a lawful and proper exercise in presidential authority. this department of justice will defend and enforce lawful orders of the president consistent with the core principles of our constitution.
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the executive is in power under the constitution and by congress , to make national security judgments and to enforce our immigration policies in order to safeguard the american public. terrorism is clearly a danger for america and our people. the president gets briefings on these dangers and emerging threats on a regular basis. the federal investigative agents , intelligence community, the department of state, the department of homeland security and the united states military report to the president, knowing that the president would best possess such extensive .nformation our founders wisely gave the executive branch the authority and the duty to protect the nation. this executive order is a proper exercise of that power. now i will turn things over to our secretary john kelly and the
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department of homeland security. >> thank you mr. attorney general. >> like the secretary of state and the attorney general, my comments will be relatively brief. last week the department of homeland security celebrated its 14th anniversary, first opening its doors on one march 9, 2003. this was in response to the devastating attacks of september 11. with foreign terraces -- terrorists turning a beautiful day into a nightmare. we could not take our nation's security for granted. homeland security must be our top priority. we need to overcome our collective inability to take and connect the dots of intelligence and arrange them into a more comprehensive picture of the threat posed to america. much has changed over the past 14 years. both in the world that is more iserous and at dhs which
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much better. our enemies often use our own freedoms and generosity against us. today's executive order was going to make america more secure and address long-overdue concerns about the security of our immigration system. we must undertake a rigorous review and are undertaking a rigorous review of our programs to increase our confidence in the decisions we make relative to visitors who travel to the united states. we cannot risk the prospect of a malevolent actor using our system to take lives. this order focuses on preventing the entry of new foreign nationals from the six designated countries. accordingly, it is important to note that nothing in this order affects existing lawful, permanent residents or people with current authorization to enter our homeland.
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un-vetted travel is not a universal privileged especially when national security is at stake. closelye house worked with the department of homeland security and the department of justice and the department of state to create an order that addresses previous concerns and protect the homeland and everyone our citizens. of the and women department of homeland security, like their brothers and sisters throughout law enforcement, are decent men and women of character. they are no less so than the governors of our states and territories. our senators and members of congress. from our city mayors in various advocacy groups. these men and women are sworn to enforce the laws as past the united states congress. they would be in violation of oath ifand their sworn they did not do so. we do not make the law but are
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sworn to enforce it. we have no other option. we are going to work closely to and enforce it humanely and respectfully and with professionalism but we will enforce the law. i want to thank the president for his leadership on this issue and for his steadfast support for our law enforcement, security and counterterrorism institute -- issues. i have spent much of the day today on the phone with members of congress, the leadership, explaining the in's and out's last week. there should be no surprises weather in the media or capitol hill. ask for your time. is this an acknowledgment that the first order was flawed in many ways and not well thought through? >> are christians still given priority under this order?
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>> all the documents are online. you should be able to see the letters and everything and there is an faq and effectuate. -- and a fact sheet. >> a new executive order being announced by members of the trumpet ministration will go into effect march 16. changing the president's previous order by taking iraq off the list of countries banned from entering the u.s. as well as current u.s. visa holders. little reaction from members of congress. congressman keith ellison says it is still a muslim band and judy chu of california writes " nationality is not a reliable indicator of terrorism." this has always been a way to ban muslims. you can watch the announcement as well on c-span.org. later today, a discussion about
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transportation infrastructure from the cato institute in washington, d.c. we take you there live in about 10 minutes, noon eastern time. first they look at travel and security for the first family. this is from today's washington journal. >> drew harwell reports for the washington post on business and other matters and joins us now to talk about cost and expense for a security and travel for the first family and president trump. good morning. , will review the headline saying that when it comes to the trump family and his lifestyle it is a list of -- it was ethical light -- nightmare. where does it come from? >> it comes from the complexities that come with protecting the president when he travels, protecting the president's family, the vice president's family. every president travels, every president goes on vacation. not to mention state department trips overseas.

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