He should have said very little, but have someone else give the details and released a written statement detailing the high lights of the Executive Order. Sometimes it’s how you inform people, the wording and who does the talking that counts more than the actual action itself.
POTUS: Could have said, I made a promise that I would keep America safe, and to that end, I have spoken with many top officials in DHS, military personal involved in vetting refugees, and have come to the conclusion that we need to review our procedures and policies. We have all heard the news reports that in conversation with certain government officials in the CIA and FBI that we cannot be sure if a person has ties to a terrorist organization or not. Our people overseas have done an unbelievable job, under the most difficult conditions in reviewing the applications of people wanting to come to this country. As President Obama did in 2011 when he stopped immigration from Iraq for six months in order to review our procedures, I am going to use his list of seven countries with strong ties to terrorist organizations, or are allowing such organizations to operate in the open in their country or are unable to stop such organizations to use their country as a military base, and temporarily stop immigration for a period of 120 days.
While I feel the pain these refugees are suffering, and I know how anxious they are to begin their new lives here in America, I cannot risk that some who desire to do us harm may slip in because we are not examining our systems. I am also ordering the review in order to find out if we can shorten the time it takes to complete the vetting process. Currently, 1 1/2 to 2 years is necessary to complete the process. I don’t want to rush to judgement, but I am asking our people to see if they can shorten the process.
This Order does not affect those with Green Cards or Work Visas and those who are already approved, but have not arrived into this country. If some applicants have extreme circumstances that require immediate processing, they will have their request reviewed on an individual basis. This is not a Ban on a religion, but on specific countries that I agree with President Obama we need to take extra special precautions before letting persons enter our Country.
I think this would have been a better approach than the one that was offered two days ago.