Donald Trump‘s controversial “Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry To The United States” immigration ban, while clearly divisive amongst the American public, is also facing blowback from both cabinet members and diplomats alike. While President Trump outlined his immigration plan for countries with terror ties during his campaign, the confusing way in which it finally was crafted “stunned” some who have joined his team.
According to Fox News, at least three top national security officials, James Mattis, Rex Tillerson, and John Kelly, distanced themselves from the new president’s controversial refugee and immigration ban, saying Monday that they were not consulted during its writing and were blindsided by the timing.
Via Fox News:
At least three top national security officials — Defense Secretary James Mattis, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Rex Tillerson, — have told associates they were not aware of details of directive until around the time Trump signed it. Top intelligence officials were also left largely in the dark, according to U.S. officials.
Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations committee, said that despite White House assurances that congressional leaders were consulted, he learned about the order in the media.
According to the reports, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, whose appointment has received praise from both democrats and republicans alike, is said to be particularly incensed. A senior U.S. official said Mattis, along with Joint Chiefs Chairman Joseph Dunford, was aware of the general concept of Trump’s order but not the details.
Similarly, Rex Tillerson, who is awaiting confirmation to lead the State Department, has told the president’s political advisers that he was baffled over not being consulted on the substance of the order.
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