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Video: Rep. Ellison on Trump’s ‘Travel Ban’


This week’s video from CNN’s Jake Tapper and FactCheck.org explains Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison’s tweet that the Supreme Court “ratified Donald Trump’s ‘total and complete shutdown’ of Muslims entry into the United States.”

Ellison was referring to a direct quote from a Trump campaign statement that Trump read at a Dec. 7, 2015, rally. But, as president, Trump never went as far as a total ban on Muslims coming to the country.

In September, Trump issued a proclamation restricting certain nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela from obtaining visas to travel to the U.S. It was the third version of the Trump administration’s attempt to restrict entry to the U.S. after two executive orders earlier in 2017.

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on June 26 that the president had “lawfully exercised the broad discretion granted to him” under the Immigration and Nationality Act to restrict entry to some foreign nationals in order to protect the interests of the United States.

Five of the seven countries on the restricted travel list are majority Muslim nations, but that doesn’t amount to a ban on all Muslims.

Read more about Trump’s 2015 statement, the Supreme Court’s ruling and the travel proclamation in our article “Trump’s ‘Travel Ban’ Doesn’t Affect All Muslims.”

And you can watch all of our previous fact-checking collaborations with CNN’s “State of the Union” on our website.