Thursday, January 16, 2020
The AP reports that the White House is considering expanding its travel ban to seven additional countries. The specific countries that would be affected if the policy is implemented have not been revealed because the measure has yet to be finalized. Two anonymous sources reported that a majority of the countries under consideration are Muslim-majority.
White House House spokesman Hogan Gidley declined to confirm the plan for the AP, but praised the travel ban for "making the country safer."
The story notes that an official announcement may be timed to coincide with the third anniversary of Trump’s first travel ban, on Jan. 27, 2017. It is a signal of a "renewed election-year focus on immigration by President Donald Trump."