Republican supporter asks Julia: 'How on earth can the left oppose Donald Trump's extreme vetting?'

Mr Trump's 'extreme vetting' policy has attracted huge criticism

Donald Trump seen speaking during his first week as President

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A leading supporter of America's Republican party has said Donald Trump's plans for "extreme vetting" on Muslims are totally justifiable and people of the left should not have a problem with them.

Reuters reports that Mr Trump has finalised his tough new policy on immigrants and is ready to limit access for immigrants, refugees and some categories of visa holder from seven Muslim countries: Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. In many cases, the final decision on whether an applicant can enter the US will be based on their answers to a questionnaire.

Alex Sundstrom, of Republicans Overseas, said that, as a father and a feminist, he has nothing against Mr Trump's hard-line policy, given some of the views on human rights and gender equality which predominate in hardline Muslim countries.

He said that practices such as honour killings are highly questionable and Americans have a right to ensure they do not enter the United States.

Julia, however, pointed out that two countries with particularly bad recent records on terrorism - Pakistan and Saudi Arabia - are not on Mr Trump's ban list. Sundstrom admitted America's approach to Saudi Arabia are particularly suspect, but "I'm not the President of the United States, I don't have to deal with our lingering diplomatic ties to them."

Our presenter also suggested some would-be migrants won't answer the questionnaire accurately. Sundstrom agreed, saying Mr Trump's going to have to pursue this issue.