Trump defends travel ban and lashes out at GOP critics McCain and Graham
- President insists executive order is not the ‘Muslim ban’ he promised
- Chief of staff says ‘couple dozen’ still detained as confusion continues
- Trump gives National Security Council seat to ex-Breitbart chief Bannon
Donald Trump and his advisers have stood firm after a weekend of outrage over his vague and chaotically enforced ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.
On Sunday afternoon, while attorneys argued with customs and border officials over the fate of people still detained at airports around the country, the US president released a statement that insisted on the legality – and non-religious premise – of his orders to temporarily halt the admission of refugees and ban some travel.