US House speaker backs Trump's Muslim ban, urges Republican support

US House Speaker Paul Ryan has thrown his support behind President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban on several Muslim-majority countries, calling on Republicans to defend the discriminatory policy which has drawn strong objections at home and abroad.

“The president has a responsibility to the security of this country,” Ryan told reporters on Tuesday, in his first public comments on the banning executive order. “What is happening is something that we support, we need to pause and we need to make sure that the vetting standards are up to snuff, so that we can guarantee the safety and security of this country. That is what this does.”

The move comes after Trump signed the executive order on Friday, claiming that his administration was seeking to keep what he called “radical Islamic terrorists” out of the US.

Under the new measure, citizens of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia are banned from entering the US for at…

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