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Donald Trump Expands Travel Ban, Restricts Visitors from 8 Countries

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President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before boarding Air Force One at Morristown,Municipal airportN.J. (source: VOA)

Washington, September 25:— The revised US travel ban will restrict travellers from eight countries to visit the United States, says an order signed by President Donald Trump on Sunday. The new travel ban, which takes effect on, October 18, will restrict residents of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen.

According to the U.S. officials, these countries have refused to share information about terrorism and other issues with the United States.The new travel ban drops Sudan from the list but adds Chad, Venezuela and North Korea to the original six Muslim-majority countries.

The announcement late Sunday came as Trump’s previous temporary travel ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority countries was expiring, 90 days after it went into effect. The earlier order had barred citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the U.S. unless they had a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

US President Donald Trump’s travel ban inflicts “Significant harm” on Muslim Americans

Reaction to the president’s order from human-rights organizations and other groups that work with immigrants was largely negative.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, said the latest version of the “Muslim ban” that Trump tried to introduce on taking office earlier this year as part of the administration’s “ugly white supremacist agenda.”

Trump said in the new proclamation: “As president, I must act to protect the security and interests of the United States and its people. The restrictions announced are tough and tailored, and they send a message to foreign governments that they must work with us to enhance security.”

Trump last week called for a “tougher” travel ban after a bomb partially exploded on a London subway.Trump last week called for a “tougher” travel ban after a bomb partially exploded on a London subway.

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Trump Says That China and India are Not Growing Nations Now

Trump says that they are "taking advantage" of the tag of "developing nations"

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Donald Trump said that Everybody is growing but USA. Pixabay

US President Donald Trump has said that India and China are no longer “growing nations”, claiming that they are “taking advantage” of the tag from the World Trade Organization (WTO) and warned that he will not let it happen anymore.

“They (WTO) view certain countries like China, India… as growing nations. Well, they have grown, and they had tremendous advantages… We’re not letting that happen anymore…Everybody is growing but us,” said Trump at a campaign rally in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

They (India and China) were taking the advantage of a developing nation tag from the WTO, putting the US to disadvantage, he said at the rally.

The WTO is an intergovernmental organisation that regulates international trade between nations.

The White House pointed out in a memorandum that China and many other countries continue to style themselves as developing countries “allowing them to enjoy the benefits that come with that status and seek weaker commitments than those made by other WTO members”, media reports said.

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In World Trade Organization, Trump make some senational comments about China and India. Pixabay

Trump said the US does not need the WTO if the Geneva-based organization fails to address loopholes that favour certain nations.

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Shortly after issuing the memorandum, Trump said in a statement that the WTO was “broken” as “the world’s richest countries” claim to be developing countries and get special treatment to avoid WTO rules, reports say.

China, with whom the US is engaged in a bruising trade war, has been identified by Washington as the “most significant abuser” of WTO regulations. Since joining the WTO, China has insisted that it is a developing country, according to the memorandum. (IANS)