"To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting," the president said in reference to the order, which bars people from seven Muslim-dominated countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days.
"There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order," he said. He blamed the media for "falsely reporting" the details of the executive order he signed on Friday.
Trump related his policy, which has resulted in massive protests in airports and public spaces across the country, to a policy enacted by former President Obama in 2011 that suspended the processing of visas for Iraqi refugees for six months.
"My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months," Trump said.
A federal judge issued a ruling late on Saturday that stopped the deportation of some people detained in airports across the country.