(CNN)Donald Trump released a statement Sunday afternoon in response to the massive protests that have erupted across the country in response to his latest executive order freezing all refugees from Syria and banning entry to foreign nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries.
This is not about keeping our country safe. Between 1975 and 2016, exactly zero Americans were killed on US soil by foreign nationals from any of the seven countries in Trump’s banned list.
However, the ban does include our most vital ally in the fight against ISIS, Iraq. That country has now threatened to retaliate against the executive order by banning US nationals from entering Iraq, putting America’s war against ISIS in great peril.
As the former counterterrorism official Daniel Benjaminput it, “For the life of me, I don’t see why we would want to alienate the Iraqis when they are the ground force against ISIS.”
So, to be clear, this is a Muslim ban. It is about religion. It is not about terror. And it does not keep our country safe.