President Donald Trump has defended his decision to ban Muslim immigrants from entering the US, insisting it was necessary to protect the country’s security.
Trump’s comments about the ban were revealed during a meeting with business leaders, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, on Tuesday, and were widely criticised.
The US has had an active refugee resettlement programme since the September 11 attacks and was one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic.
But the president has also criticised other countries that have implemented restrictions on entry, saying that the US would not have had the “unity of spirit” to ban everyone.
“We have to make sure we have the unity of spirit and we’re not putting the safety of this country at risk by doing that,” Trump told reporters on Wednesday, during a briefing in the Oval Office.
“I think we have to keep the country safe, and I think we should have the strength of spirit to do that.”
The president also spoke about his “great relationship” with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“He’s a very, very special guy,” Trump said of Trudeau.
He said that his meeting with the PM was a “very good one”.
“I’ve always enjoyed having the chance to meet with him, to have a chance to have him meet with us,” Trump added.
“It was very interesting, and it was very productive.”
“He was very nice.
He did a very good job,” he added.
The president added that he had a great relationship with the Canadian prime minister, and he was “really happy” to have that relationship with him.
“The only thing I want to do is get the job done and make sure that we are going to be able to continue to be successful in the future.”
Trump has also made headlines for his criticism of other nations, including Mexico and China, which have had immigration policies that are controversial.
He also said that the Paris Agreement was not signed on time, adding that he would not be able “to negotiate” on a “better deal” if he did not have the backing of Congress.
“What we’re doing is going to get better deals,” Trump asserted.