Donald Trump has issued a statement amidst the firestorm surrounding his executive order on immigration – including mass protests at U.S. airports – accusing the media of lying about the order by calling it a “Muslim ban”.

The statement – which is authored pretty formally and straight down the line for a Trump memo – says that while America will always “show compassion to those fleeing oppression” it needs to protect its citizenry and borders.

The statement argues that it isn’t about religion, because there are many Muslim-majority countries who are not covered by the immigration freeze.

His statement is somewhat contradicted by an appearance from campaign cheerleader and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who told Fox News on the weekend that Trump came to him with a desire to implement a Muslim ban and asked Giuliani how he could do it legally.

Check out the interview here:

After this morning’s condemnation of the ban by Lindsey Graham and John McCain, Trump slammed the two Republican senators on Twitter for “looking to start WWIII” which is certainly something.

Welp. The apocalypse is going well.

Source: Twitter.

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