The executive order signed Friday suspends immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East and Africa — Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran and Libya — for 90 days. It also blocks refugees from entering the country for 120 days; refugees from Syria are barred indefinitely.
When Stephanopoulos asked Conway why the order, which repeatedly cites the 9/11 terrorist attacks, covers none of the three countries where those attackers were from — Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates — she said Trump's order follows the Obama administration's lead.
"These countries were identified by President Obama. President Trump is merely following President Obama's lead on state-sponsored terrorist countries, where they have a history of training and exporting, harboring terrorists," she said.
She added that many of those protesting against the order may not understand what it really says and suggested that the media has overblown its impact.
"This is temporary. It is narrowly prescribed," she said.