Aides to U.S. President Donald Trump called the implementation of temporary travel ban on people from seven nations a 'massive success story' despite criticism from top Republicans, protests at airports, and federal rulings blocking parts of the order. Lisa Bernhard reports.
His executive order on immigration sparking nationwide protests, court challenges, and outrage even from his fellow republicans... U.S. president Donald Trump doubled down Sunday night. The White House issuing a statement that the executive action was not a 'Muslim ban,' and claiming that it was, in fact, similar to action taken by President Barack Obama. Trump's order temporarily banned travel to the U.S. from seven Middle Eastern and North African nations. It halted new refugees from being admitted for four months, and blocked Syrian refugees from coming to America indefinitely. While Trump aides on Sunday told reporters the implementation of the travel ban was 'a massive success story,' scenes in the streets and in court painted a different picture. Federal judges in at least five states blocked parts of the order over the weekend. This saved many of those detained in U.S. airports from deportation. Outrage growing as the list of those banned include Iraqis who worked as translators for the U.S. military, aged parents of active U.S. soldiers, and refugees already approved for family reunification in the U.S. By Sunday night, the Department of Homeland Security announced it was walking back part of the ban, and would begin letting green card-holders and legal residents enter the u.s. Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer choking up at a press conference denouncing White House's travel ban (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, saying: 'This executive order was mean-spirited and un-American.' Sixteen state attorneys general rejected the executive order. Most Republican in Congress were silent. House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell stood by the measure. But two prominent republican senator, Lindsey Graham and John McCain, came out forcefully against the order. And that didn't sit well with the commander in Chief. Trump, who spent part of Sunday watching the animated film Finding Dory, lashed out at his fellow Republicans in language hyperbolic even for Trump... Calling Graham and McCain wrong, weak on immigration, and 'always looking to start World War III.'