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When President Trump signed an executive order Jan. 27 temporarily barring refugees and suspending visas from seven majority-Muslim countries, chaos ensued. Many people trying to enter — some of whom were legal residents — were detained or prevented from boarding airplanes to the United States, and backlash quickly swelled to incite protests.
The strong reaction from those opposed to the ban rose from concerns that the order unfairly targeted Muslims, namely because of language in the order that establishes preferential treatment for minority religions in these countries. A lack of clarity in the order itself and a confusing implementation by the administration and the Department of Homeland Security did little to ease concerns.
Pretty quickly, I got a lot of questions from listeners about whether this executive order is within the power of the president. You asked things like: Is this order constitutional? Have presidents done anything like this before? And does this action actually make Americans safer?
Listen below as The Post’s Marc Fisher, author of “Trump Revealed,” helps me answer these questions. Plus, Marc weighs in about the ways that Trump’s personality drives his decision-making.
Here's episode two of The Post’s new podcast, “Can He Do That?”
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