- Former NYC mayor defended U.S. president’s controversial order
- He said Trump contacted him for help, told him to set guidelines legalizing the order
- He explained the EO, said based on danger and not religion
UNITED STATES – Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani defended U.S. President Trump’s controversial order banning the entry of citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries; saying they based their ban on danger and not religion.
In an interview on Fox News, Giuliani disclosed that Trump called him up for guidance on legalizing what he originally termed as a ‘Muslim ban’.
“When he first announced it, he said ‘Muslim ban.’ He called me up, he said ‘Put a commission together, show me the right way to do it, legally,’” he said.
With his handpicked committee, Giuliani said they chose to focus on danger rather than religion as the basis for the order.
“What we did was, we focused on —instead of religion— danger. The areas of the world that create danger for us. Which is a factual basis, not a religious basis. Perfectly legal, perfectly sensible, and that’s what the ban is based on,” he said. It’s not based on religion, it’s based on places where there are substantial evidence that people are sending terrorists into our country.”
The countries that have been named in the order are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Quizzed on the non-inclusion of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, Giuliani said he would seek more details as regards to the former’s status while defending the latter which he described as unlike the ‘old Saudi Arabia’.
“Saudi Arabia is going through a massive change. I think that the kingdom particularly under the new prince has a real understanding that we’re dealing with a massive radicalization terrorist problem. It is not the old Saudi Arabia,” he said.