fb-pixel Skip to main content

White House spokesman says travel ban shouldn’t be called ‘ban’

White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer.Carolyn Kaster/AP

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is insisting President Donald Trump’s immigration order should not be referred to as a travel ‘‘ban.’’ That’s despite the fact the president has called it that himself.

Spicer says during a press briefing that, ‘‘When we use words like travel ban that misrepresents what it is.’’ He says ‘‘a ban would mean people can’t get in.’’

Trump’s policy bars the entry of nationals from seven majority-Muslim countries for 90 days and temporarily suspends the country’s refugee program.

Trump himself referred to his order as ‘‘the ban’’ in a Monday tweet.

Spicer says Trump was only using the media’s words.