Apparently the Threat of Terrorism Isn’t That Imminent

After Trump’s executive order instituting a travel ban caused so much chaos at airports with the suddenness of it’s implementation, a question was raised about why the administration didn’t provide any prior announcement of what they planned to do. This was the president’s response:

That sentiment was repeated after a judge put a stay on the ban’s implementation.

Ever since the 9th Circuit upheld that stay, the Trump administration has been promising to release a new and better travel ban. That revised order was planned to be released today. But following the president’s speech last night, administration officials say that it has been delayed.

The decision came late Tuesday night as positive reviews flooded in for Trump’s speech, which struck a largely optimistic and unifying tone.

Signing the executive order Wednesday, as originally indicated by the White House, would have undercut the favorable coverage. The official didn’t deny the positive reception was part of the administration’s calculus in pushing back the travel ban announcement.

“We want the (executive order) to have its own ‘moment,'” the official said.

Who knows how long Trump will want to bask in the glory of those positive reviews that are flooding in about his speech. But according to his own logic, in the meantime “many very bad and dangerous people may be pouring into our country.” If an attack occurs, it will be our “so-called” president that is to blame.

On the other hand, maybe the ban is really just the fear-mongering of an Islamophobic administration.

Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly.