Relationship With India Will Continue To Be Stronger: White House


President Donald Trump's Press Secretary Sean Spicer defended new restrictive immigration policies.

On Monday White House press secretary Sean Spicer defended the president's Muslim ban against charges from former Central Intelligence Agency head Michael Hayden that it would "inarguably" make the United States less safe and be used as a recruiting tool for ISIS - who celebrated the ban over the weekend.

The internal memo (pdf)-which is marked "sensitive but unclassified" and that dozens of career employees have or are expected to sign as a formal registration of dissent-argues that the hastily ordered ban "runs counter to core American values of nondiscrimination, fair play, and extending a warm welcome to foreign visitors and immigrants".

However, Spicer did not respond to a question on expansion of the UN Security Council seat when asked about previous president Barack Obama's endorsement for India as a permanent member of the 15-member body.

Spicer said, "To assume that just because of someone's age or gender or whatever that they don't pose a threat would be misguided and wrong".

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Pressed on the incident during today's White House briefing, Spicer said Trump's order only affected a small number of people who had traveled to the US.

He also blasted State Department staffers who are circulating a "dissent channel memo" against the president's immigration executive order.

People enter the State Department Building in Washington, U.S., January 26, 2017.

The two leaders had a telephonic conversation last week during which President Trump invited PM Modi to visit the United States later this year. "And we do not need to sacrifice our reputation as a nation which is open and welcoming to protect our families".