The Trump Travel Ban

Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton on the wisdom of the President’s executive order:

“The governments [Trump] is talking about fall into one of two categories. Either they don’t function as governments like Libya, Somalia, and Yemen, in which case they can’t possibly supply credible information about people claiming to come from their country, or they’re places like Syria and Iran where I wouldn’t trust what they say anyway.”

“The whole point of the executive order is to allow the government to get some better idea about the information it needs and put better practices in place.”

“The executive order as issued has exceptions written into it for diplomatic visas, U.N. visas, and provides a mechanism for the State and Homeland Security Departments on a case by case basis to grant exemptions to the order.”

“[The ban] shows a structural defect in the transition because much of this was done in the White House without cabinet secretaries and key departments, without being able to tell Customs and Border people what the order meant, what the implications are.”


Ambassador John Bolton, a diplomat and a lawyer, has spent many years in public service. He served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations in 2005-2006. He was Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security from 2001 to 2005. In the Reagan Administration, he was an Assistant Attorney General.