Spicer: Trump 'Doing Exactly What He Said He Was Going to Do'

The spokesman said Trump's order aims to make the country safer.

"We're going to protect our country and our people," he said.

Spicer defended the list of banned countries by citing the Obama administration.

Spicer countered criticism that the executive order effectively constitutes a Muslim ban by pointing to the Muslim-majority nations not on the list.

"There are 46 other countries with Muslim populations that are not part of this and I think that's an important thing to note," he said.

"We're looking at all of this holistically," Spicer said. "But I think the first step, because I think the Obama Administration put these first [seven countries] and foremost so that these countries need to have further travel restrictions based on the intelligence we have, what the president did was take the first step through this executive order of ensuring that we're looking at the entire system."