June 4, 2017 by Chris Kite
Almost immediately after the recent terrorist attacks in London, attacks for which we know nothing about the assailants yet, Republican President Donald Trump took to his favorite policy instrument and said we need the travel ban to keep us safe.
The travel bans were sold as temporary, to be in effect for a period of 90 days, so that the Trump Administration could improve the vetting process for people trying to enter the United States from the countries on the list.
But here’s the thing. The first travel ban, issued on January 27, would have expired in late April. The second travel ban, issued March 6, if allowed to go into effect, would have expired on June 4.
So once again, the Trump Administration is lying to Americans about their plans. He keeps telling us about these timelines and the plans that will be formulated. For example, he was going to have a plan to defeat ISIS in the first 30 days. We’re 134 days into his Presidency, and there is still no plan.
On day one, he was going to repeal and replace Obamacare with a healthcare plan that had lower premiums and deductibles, no pre-existing conditions exclusions, and was a “much better plan.” And again, here we are 134 days into his Presidency and we still don’t even have a plan that meets that description in writing.
So it seems pretty obvious that he was never of the intention to implement a “temporary” travel ban. Because if he only needed 90 days to implement this “extreme vetting” as he so tactlessly called it, that plan should be done by now.
So what’s the story, President Trump? Where is the plan to protect Americans from the hazards that we supposedly are exposed to because of travelers from Muslim countries? Why couldn’t you develop and implement a plan over the past 134 days?