Conway Claims Judge’s Ruling ‘Really Doesn’t Affect’ Trump’s Executive Order

Senior Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway said in an interview Sunday morning that a federal judge’s ruling “really doesn’t affect” the President’s executive order banning refugees and immigrants from certain countries from entering the United States.

“The judge in Brooklyn, the Obama appointee judge in Brooklyn’s stay of order really doesn’t affect the executive order at all, because the executive order is meant to be prospective,” Conway said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Conway said that the order is “preventing, not detaining” and said that “one percent” of “people from overseas” who traveled through U.S. airports on Saturday were detained or prevented from traveling to the United States.

“It’s a small price to pay,” she said.

Conway said that the list of countries from which travelers have been banned was “offered by President Obama and his administration.”

“Well, that’s never stopped you before,” Chris Wallace interjected.

“These are countries that have a history of training, harboring, exporting terrorists,” Conway said. “And one thing that’s very important to recognize, whether you’re the Orlando shooter, yes, he was born here but went abroad and was radicalized on the internet, if you are San Bernardino, if you are the Tsarnaev brothers in Boston, these are people who traveled abroad, were radicalized, were trained, and then came back and did their bloodletting, their massacre, here on American soil.”

None of the perpetrators of the Orlando, San Bernardino and Boston marathon attacks were from or had traveled to any of the countries covered by Trump’s executive order.

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