Dr Jan Halper-Hayes blasted the “liberal media” for portraying “apparent chaos” denied that it was “unusual” for a President to fire an Attorney General in the second week in charge.
She spoke to BBC Radio 4’s World at One on Tuesday after Ms Yates opposed the billionaire tycoon’s Muslim travel ban, which came into effect at the weekend.
“I expect quite a few more [dismissals] because there are 20, at least 20 to 30 per cent of career service individuals who have said they’re either thinking about retiring, quitting, that they will thwart his policies,” she said.
“And the fact of the matter is that the other career individuals in the Justice Department had approved this.”
Dr Jan Halper-Hayes has defended Donald Trump's dismissal
I expect quite a few more [dismissals] because there are 20, at least 20 to 30 per cent of career service individuals who have said they’re either thinking about retiring, quitting, that they will thwart his policies
Dr Jan Halper-Hayes
Dr Halper-Hayes said the dismissal was not “dramatic” for a President Trump administration.
“I do not think that it is s dramatic,” she said. “Yes, if it had been Obama, if it had been Clinton, if it had been someone else, but really, I think we’re going to see a lot more of this.”
The Trump administration aide then proceeded to defend the reasoning for including the seven countries in the temporary travel ban.
The ban sees citizens from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen temporarily barred along with all refugees.
The UK Reacts To Trump's 'Muslim' Travel Ban
Mon, January 30, 2017
President Trump signed an executive order banning immigration to the USA from seven 'muslim' countries. This led to protests across America and, now, the UK.
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People demonstrate during a protest at Downing Street in central London against US President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban on refugees and people from seven mainly-Muslim countries
“The seven countries were not decided by President Trump,” explained Dr Halper-Hayes. “These were decided in 2011 when President Obama issued a ban, an executive order ban that for 120 days.
“For six months, no Iraqi national could have a visa to come into the country and no one who had been in Iraq, unless they had been seriously vetted, could return.”
She then said it was down to the countries’ refusal to work with Donald Trump.
Dr Halper-Hayes said: “The seven countries also were listed because the Homeland Security and the intelligence services said we cannot properly vet people from these seven countries because they will not work with us.
“They will not provide the backup information and therefore is why Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, which are two examples, are off the list.”