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Tight Vetting for All — Including Interpreters

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Press secretary Sean Spicer takes questions. (AP)

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Tuesday, 31 Jan 2017 10:03 AM Current | Bio | Archive

White House press secretary Sean Spicer made it clear that even foreign interpreters who assisted the United States would not receive special treatment, given the executive order limiting entry to the U.S.

Since the president issued his executive order this weekend limiting entry to the United States from seven Middle Eastern countries, several nongovernmental organizations have urged the administration to make exemptions for interpreters who assisted the U.S. military in their respective countries.

But the administration is not making any exemptions for anyone at this time, as White House press secretary Sean Spicer told me on Tuesday.

The president’s top spokesman recalled how the Obama administration in 2009 let in two people from Iraq posing as refugees who turned out to be al-Qaida terrorists. The two al-Qaida-Iraq terrorists living as refugees in Bowling Green, Ky., later admitted in court that they had attacked U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

“Those people came in and tried to plan an attack on Kentucky,” he noted.

Spicer acknowledged that “we’ve got to recognize that people who have helped this country [and] served this nation might not be citizens at the time they want to come here. We need to appreciate the service they have had.”

But, he quickly added, “That doesn’t mean we’ll let them in without a certain amount of vetting. I think that’s what we’re going to do. The onus on us is to be sure we’re protecting the American people and that people who come into this country do so in a peaceful way.”

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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