Trump has hit back after two sentaors criticised his executive order on travel
The President took to Twitter to criticise Republican senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham after they released a statement warning about the potential counterproductive effects of Trump’s executive order on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Trump tweeted: “The joint statement of former presidential candidates John McCain & Lindsey Graham is wrong – they are sadly weak on immigration.
“The two Senators should focus their energies on ISIS, illegal immigration and border security instead of always looking to start World War III.”
McCain and Graham’s statement revealed a growing divide in the Republican party amid nationwide protests after hundreds of people were detained at US airports on Saturday in the wake of Trump’s executive order.
In a joint statement the two centrist Republicans said: "It is clear from the confusion at our airports across the nation that President Trump's executive order was not properly vetted.
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Trump took to Twitter to respond to the joint statement from the Republican sentors
“We are particularly concerned by reports that this order went into effect with little to no consultation with the Departments of State, Defence, Justice, and Homeland Security.”
They added that “such a hasty process risks harmful results" after a number of legal permanent residents and refugees were detained despite having already been vetted by the US government.
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The two Senators should focus their energies on ISIS, illegal immigration and border security instead of always looking to start World War III
The statement continued: "This executive order sends a signal, intended or not, that America does not want Muslims coming into our country.
“That is why we fear this executive order may do more to help terrorist recruitment than improve our security.”
On Saturday evening, Trump ordered security officials to put forward a strategy to defeat ISIS within a month.
The move would see a departure from former President Barack Obama’s military strategy in the Middle East, which relied on local forces in Syria and Iraq to lead the fight against the barbaric terror group.
Trump said the strategy would be “very successful” as he signed an executive order to launch the new approach.