By Nolan McCaskill
February 6, 2017
President Donald Trump on Monday said the American people “want border security and extreme vetting,” decrying “negative polls” that suggest otherwise as “fake news.”
A majority of Americans, however, opposed the president’s controversial executive order restricting travel by citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries in a pair of polls released Friday.
Fifty-three percent opposed the order, according to a CNN/ORC poll, with 46 percent arguing that it makes the U.S. less safe from terrorism and 49 percent saying it harms American values by preventing those seeking asylum from entering the U.S.
Fifty-one percent expressed disapproval with the ban in a CBS News survey, in which 57 percent of respondents said the ban goes against the country’s founding principles.
“Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election,” Trump tweeted Monday morning. “Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting.”
He followed up minutes later with a post casting himself as a data-driven decision maker while accusing the media of lying “to marginalize” his supporters.
“I call my own shots, largely based on an accumulation of data, and everyone knows it,” Trump said. “Some FAKE NEWS media, in order to marginalize, lies!”
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