Trump Renews Call for Border Wall and Travel Ban on Muslim-Majority Nations After Deadly Terrorist Attack in Egypt

A border fence stands along the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana, on Oct. 31, 2017. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

President Donald Trump cited the deadly terrorist attack in Egypt to renew his calls for construction of a wall along the southern U.S. border and a travel ban aimed at blocking citizens of several Muslim-majority nations.

“Will be calling the President of Egypt in a short while to discuss the tragic terrorist attack, with so much loss of life,’’ Trump said Friday on Twitter. “We have to get TOUGHER AND SMARTER than ever before, and we will. Need the WALL, need the BAN! God bless the people of Egypt.’’

Trump’s travel ban — which covers people from Chad, Iran, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Venezuela, North Korea and Yemen — has been partially blocked by the courts, and his campaign promise of a border wall hasn’t advanced in Congress. Funding for the wall could emerge as a major sticking point in efforts to pass a spending bill before Dec. 8 in time to avert a government shutdown.

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SOURCE: Bloomberg, Toluse Olorunnipa