White House rejects DHS research on travel ban because its findings didn’t match what President Trump wanted
I foresee many problems if President Trump continues to base his decisions on delusions. Max Greenwood reports in The Hill:
The White House is dismissing a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) intelligence report rebuffing President Trump’s claims that citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries pose an increased terror threat, the Wall Street Journal reported late Friday.
“The president asked for an intelligence assessment,” a senior administration official told the Journal. “This is not the intelligence assessment the president asked for.”
Trump administration officials claim that the report failed to include available evidence that supports the president’s Jan. 27 order barring citizens from Syria, Iraq, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Sudan and Somalia from entering the U.S.
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The DHS report came after Trump reportedly asked the department to help bolster his legal case for implementing the controversial travel ban.
But the findings seemed to directly contradict the president’s key argument, saying that an individual’s citizenship is an “unlikely indicator” of the threat they pose to the U.S., according to the Associated Press. . .
In fact, the terrorist attacks in the US have in recent years come from US residents not foreign nationals and in particular not from the seven countries in the travel ban.
President Trump apparently wants facts to match his beliefs rather than the reverse.