James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, said he is not aware of any information that justifies the need for a travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority nations.
"I don't believe we, the IC (intelligence community), were aware of any extraordinary threats that we weren't already dealing with," Clapper said in an interview on CNN's New Day.
And Clapper maintained the travel ban could damage the reputation of the U.S. throughout the world.
"I do worry about those countries in question with whom we do deal and who are reliable partners," he said. "I also worry about this creating a recruiting tool for the extremists . . . that they will point to this proof that there is, in fact, a war on all Muslims."
Clapper said he is confident about the vetting the U.S. is already doing on travelers coming to the U.S.
"I am and we have improved that process as we've gone," he said "We are using, I think, some very rigorous vetting processes."
Trump has defended his executive order on travel saying it was not a ban on Muslims, but was about "terror and keeping our country safe," The New York Times reported.
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