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tonight, the backlash. president trump stands by his executive order. blocking refugees and visitors from seven predominately muslim countries. new protests tonight coast to coast. the president clashing with top republicans. and tonight, in a rare move. former president obama, just ten days after leaving office, breaking his silence. also this evening, the reality check. seven countries on that list, and we ask, where do the terrorists from 9/11 come from? the boston bombers? san bernardino? why aren't those countries on the list. the deadly terrorist attack. the gunman opening fire inside a mosque in quebec. tonight, the suspect just charged. and now, his motive. airline achaos in this country. computers forcing delta to
cancel nearly 300 flights. thousands stranded. and the deadly pileup tonight. more than 40 cars involved as the system moves through the northeast. good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on a monday night, and tonight, the fiery debate across the country, ignited with the stroke of a pin. president trump's executive order, and the ban on seven countries. tonight, the protests coast to coast at airports across the country, and just days after leaving office, something we rarely see. former president obama now weighing in. tonight, major questions about who knew this was coming. president trump's two generals, one running the pentagon, the other homeland security. how much did they know about the controversial plan? abc's chief white house correspondent, jonathan karl leading us off. >> reporter: the white house today firing back insisted its new extreme vetting travel ban is working out just fine -- >> i think this has been blown way out of proportion and exaggerated. >> reporter: this morning, the
president himself declared the policy, which temporarily bans people from seven majority-muslim countries was off to a good start. >> we actually had a very good day yesterday in terms of homeland security. and someday, we had to make the move, and we decided to make the move. >> reporter: the administration pushing back against stories of chaos and confusion. families detained in airports. tsa officials unclear on how to enforce the new policy. terminals turned into makeshift legal aid clinics, with lawyers offering their services to travelers impacted by the ban. in dallas, the mayor personally apologized to one family that had been detained offering them roses. and sounding off on it all, protestors across the country from new york and boston to -- [ chanting ] >> reporter: to portland and seattle. the plan was rushed through so quickly on friday top officials on the president's national security team were left in the dark.
>> protection of the nation from foreign terrorists' entry into the united states. that's big stuff. >> reporter: and secretary mattis was there when the president signed it, and even applauded. but he had no input whatsoever, and was surprised by its contents. and homeland security secretary john kelly whose department is charged with implementing the policy was getting his first full briefing on the executive order right as the president was signing it. the order also caught top republicans in congress by surprise. >> it was not properly vetted. so you have an extreme vetting proposal that didn't get the vetting it should have had, and as a result, an implementation, we have seen problems. >> republican senators, marco rubio and tim scott said the rush to implement the policy created confusion, anxiety and uncertainty. john mccain and lindsey graham went further, saying, we fear this executive order will become a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism. the white house secretary downplayed the disruption. >> we made sure that the people
coming in weren't coming in to do us harm. the system worked well. that's the takeaway from this. >> reporter: the president brushed off criticism. saying, if the ban were announced with a one-week notice, the bad would rush into our country during that week. a lot of bad dudes out there. >> you heard sean spicer say they think this is working well. jon karl at the white house. and they appeared to move so quickly on this, they had to clarify a key part of this already? >> reporter: the key issue here is permanent legal residents of the united states. those with green cards who are from the countries included in the ban, at first, the officials were saying that they would be included in the ban. now -- later, we had a clarification saying green card holders from those countries are now granted waivers and are allowed to travel to the united states. >> january karl, thank you. a lot of questions this evening about the countries on that
list. so we asked our brian ross to go back to 9/11, the boston bombings, and san bernardino. asking, where did those terrorists come from? if there is going to be a ban in this country, why weren't those countries included? here's brian ross. >> reporter: president trump's ban somehow misses the very countries that have produced the terrorists responsible for the deadliest u.s. attacks. none of those killers came from any of the seven countries on his list, libya, sudan, syria, iraq, iran, yemen, and somalia. the 9/11 hijackers came from saudi arabia, egypt, lebanon and the united arab emirates. none of them on the list. the wife in the san bernardino terror couple came from pakistan, not on the list. the husband american born. the boston bombing brothers came from the russian republic of dagestan, not on the list. david muir asked the president about the missing countries last week. >> reporter: let me ask you about some of the countries that won't be on the list. afghanistan, pakistan, saudi arabia.
>> you're going to see. you're going to see. 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. >> reporter: the white house today said other countries could be added if necessary. >> it's a 90-day review period, and if you have other countries, please let us know. >> reporter: refugees from somalia, which is on the list, were involved in two us terror attacks last year at a minnesota mall, and at the ohio state university, but in each case, only the attacker died. the president's supporters also point to how the obama administration drastically curtailed the flow of refugees from iraq for six months in 2011. that came after the fbi discovered two iraqi refugees connected to al qaeda had made it into the u.s. and were plotting attackers from their new home in kentucky. >> and brian ross is right here with us tonight. back to that question we asked the president just last week. why were countries like saudi
arabia, afghanistan and pakistan not on this list? >> there has been no answer from the white house, but the military believes the countries on the list are among the countries isis fighters may try to hide. the secretary said, if you know more, let us know. >> thank you. in a very rare move tonight, just ten days after leaving office, escorting then president-elect donald trump, president obama weighing in. so was the key ally standing beside president trump. british prime minister, theresa may saying we do not agree. here's abc's cecilia vega tonight. >> reporter: just ten days after president obama left that letter in the oval office for his successor. tonight, offering a different message. saying through a spokesman "citizens exercising their constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when american values are at stake." and also going where few past presidents go.
delivering a not so subtle jab at the new president and his immigration crackdown. president obama saying he fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion. those protests spreading from canada to the uk. signs saying, welcome muslims, ban trump. and now some of america's closest allies not holding back. just home from that white house visit when just 72 hours ago, britain prime minister theresa may reaffirmed the uk's special relationship with the us now mincing no words. "we do not agree with this kind of approach and it is not one we will be taking." in iraq, the parliament approviapprove ing a "reciprocity measure" that recommends banning americans from entering the country. canada's justin trudeau, taking to twitter. "to those fleeing persecution, terror & war, canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. diversity is our strength
#welcometocanada" from the white house today, the message was clear. >> people experience this all the time, going in and out of the tsa. we have to wait in lines, too. we are making sure we're getting on a plane and not committing a ne fairs act. >> reporter: but it was a big problem for this man and his fami family. he received immigrant visas -- >> cecilia vega with us live from the white house. our senior white house correspondent. congrats on the new official role now, cecilia, and back to the story. there is a growing petition in the uk to stop a visit from president trump? >> reporter: it's at more than 1.5 million signatures and growing. parliament will debate this push tohe uk. >> cecilia vega thank you. we are also learning more tonight about the terror north of the border. the attack targeting muslims inside a mosque.
killing six worshippers, injuring eight others. tonight, a suspect just charged as we learn more about the motive. abc's gio benitez in quebec city tonight. >> reporter: the shots rang out with 50 worshippers inside. one man telling abc news he heard shouting. >> then he opened shots. two people standing next to me praying were killed. >> reporter: five injured critically. police arresting this man, 27-year-old alexandre bisonnette. another man determined to be a witness and not a suspect. the timing hard to ignore. the attack was just a day after president trump's immigration crackdown. the attack sending shock waves through the community. the mosque's vice president breaking down in tears during a press conference with officials. >> this was a group of innocence
targeted for practicing their faith. make no mistake. this was a terrorist attack. >> reporter: the mosque in quebec has been targeted before. just this past summer, a pig's head was left on its doorstep during ram dan. president trump offering condolences to justin trudeau who had this message. >> you are trying to weaken our values. we will not close our minds. we will open our hearts. >> reporter: and david tonight here, in quebec, we're learning more about the shooter. a former classmate describes him as anti-immigrant. he is facing five counts of attempted murder, and police believe he was a lone wolf. >> gio, thank you. the attack coming amid the headlines here and aaround the
globe. word of growing descent inside the state department. and a growing number of veterans outraged too because some of the immigrants put their lives on the line to help our troops. here's martha raddatz. >> reporter: tonight, dozens of career diplomats worldwide have drafted a rare formal letter of decent. saying president trump's restriction on refugees and immigrants will not mean -- "a drop in terror attacks in the united states, rather, it will be a drop in international good will towards americans." sean spicer reacting today to the news of that letter first reported on abc. >> i think that they should either get with the program or they can go. >> reporter: veterans groups are speaking out strongly against the ban as well. the head of the iraq and afghanistan veterans saying in a tweet, this the flatout un-american. ignorant and shameful. bad for our economy, int'l standing and soul as a nation. defense secretary jim mattis today did ask the pentagon to
compile a list of names of iraqi translators and support staff who have worked with americans over the years. the list to be passed on to those vetting immigrants and refugees. the white house today also defended the president's executive order gives trump's controversial chief strategist, steve bannon, a seat at the principle committee meetings of the national security council, side by side with the secretaries of state and defense. >> what this shows is that this administrations being rather transparent. that it's putting ic, who's going to be going he in and out of those meetings. >> and martha raddatz with us live tonight from washington, and martha, we're learning the chairman of the joint chiefs and director of national sbelgs intelligence won't be there? >> reporter: the language says the chairman and dni will be there where it directly effects them, but sean spicer says they are welcome at any meeting, and steve bannon of course, now can
attend all meetings. no matter what the topic, david. >> mara raddatz in washington. thank you as always. in the meantime, democrats in congress lead a protest against the ban at the supreme court at this hour. it comes on the eve of one of the high stakes appointment, the supreme court judge. terry moran is there. back to the ban. several challenges. is this lega that question would well end up here at the supreme court where these protests took place, and an amazing development just a few minutes ago. the acting attorney general of the united states, sally yates, she is an obama appointee said she won't defend this executive order in court. she says it's not lawful. that said, what president trump wants to do here is much of it within his powers as president. he has sweeping powers over who does and doesn't get into the cotry. president obama suspended emissions from iraq.
and jimmy carter banned iranians in 1980. this was developed so hastily and so sloppily that it is possible that -- that the question of whether or not this favors christians would violate the establishment clause, but presidents have huge power over the borders. >> terry moran, we know you will be there tomorrow for the appointmthank you. another source of trouble for air travelers. delta airlines suffering a six-hour system-wide computer shutdown. stranded some passengers for hours. it is the second significant shutdown for delta in just six months. there is much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the pileup on the highway. more than 40 cars and trucks involved in chain reaction crashes. this bus catching fire in the snow. the cold case solved.
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