Trump's Chief of Staff Says Immigration Order Fulfills Trump's Promise to Protect America

The Trump administration said it would not apologize for the controversial order.
3:18 | 01/30/17

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guys. Thank you. And reince Priebus saying they apologize for nothing. More now from David Wright. Reporter: As the outrage reached the white house doorstep today, the trump administration is pushing back. A new statement tonight. This is not about religion, this is about terror and keeping our country safe. Earli earlier, the president treated, our country needs extreme borders and extreme vetting now. One clarification today, green card holders from the seven countries targeted won't be denied entry to the U.S. But they may face extra questions. If you're a person with a green card from Yemen, and you're coming back and forth to Yemen into JFK, I think it's reasonable to expect that a customs and border patrol agent will have a few more questions for you, to wonder why in the world you keep coming back and forth. Reporter: Until today, the battle over the borders has been fiercely partisan. The Democrats voicing loud opposition. This executive order was mean-spirited and unamerican. It was implemented in a way that created chaos and confusion across the country, and will only serve to embolden and inspire those around the globe who will do us harm. Reporter: Now a growing number of Republicans taking issue, too. Some of them agreeing with the Democrats that it could be counterproductive, making America less safe. I think the effect will probably, in some areas, it will give ISIS some more propaganda. Reporter: Many question if the order targets the right countries. In all of the major terrorist attacks in recent years, not once did the terrorists come from these seven countries. What about the countries where there have been terrorist attackers, Saudi Arabia on 9/11? We're looking at all of this. Reporter: Today, the white house said it may end up adding other countries to the list. With all the pushback, and its first losses in court, the trump administration is not about to abandon this policy. If there are folks that shouldn't be in this country, they're going to be detained. We apologize for nothing here. Reporter: In the midst of this, another national security issue. This one stemming from a memorandum signed yesterday, reorganizing the nsc's principles committee. The joint chiefs and director of national intelligence will no longer be guaranteed seats in the situation room. Trump's controversial chief trump's controversial chief strategist Steve Bannon will be. David, tonight the president is back on Twitter responding to critics? Reporter: That's right, smacking down senators breaking ranks. Saying they should focus on ISIS, illegal immigration and border security, instead of looking to create World War III. Thank you.

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