“What it is is to make sure that the people who are coming in are vetted properly from seven countries that were identified by the Obama administration,” Spicer said. “A ban would mean people can't get in.”
That was news to most people who had heard Spicer and other White House officials repeatedly call it a “ban” in recent days — including on Monday night, when Spicer appeared on a panel in Washington and said “the ban deals with seven countries.”
But more critically, the president himself had referred to it as a “ban” in a tweet on Monday.
Asked about the discrepancy with the president's tweets, Spicer blamed it on the journalists sitting in front of him.
“He's using the words that the media is using,” he said.
By Wednesday morning, Trump weighed in to settle the matter.
“Everybody is arguing whether or not it is a BAN. Call it what you want, it is about keeping bad people (with bad intentions) out of country!” he tweeted.