Pakistan not among countries to face visa ban: Trump

Published: January 27, 2017
US President Donald Trump. PHOTO: REUTERS

US President Donald Trump. PHOTO: REUTERS

Donald Trump in his first televised sit-down interview as US president has said Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia aren’t among countries that will face a visa ban to enter the country.

Instead, the US president said citizens of these countries will face “extreme vetting.”

ABC News correspondent asked the US president, “Let me ask you about some of the countries that won’t be on the list, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia. Why are we going to allow people to come into this country…” To this, Trump answered, “You’re going to see — you’re going to see. We’re going to have extreme vetting in all cases. And I mean extreme. And we’re not letting people in if we think there’s even a little chance of some problem.”

Trump says restricted entry for Muslims necessary as world is ‘a total mess’

” We are excluding certain countries. But for other countries we’re gonna have extreme vetting. It’s going to be very hard to come in. Right now it’s very easy to come in. It’s gonna be very, very hard. I don’t want terror in this country. You look at what happened in San Bernardino. You look at what happened all over. You look at what happened in the World Trade Center. Okay, I mean, take that as an example,” he added.


The interview, broadcast on Wednesday night, was Trump’s first to a television channel since he took oath as president on January 20 and covered a wide range of subjects, from Obamacare to immigration and war against terrorists.

Trump said his plan to limit the entry of people from several Muslim countries was necessary because the world is “a total mess”. He denied that it was a ban on Muslims. “No it’s not the Muslim ban, but it’s countries that have tremendous terror,” Trump said.

Trump immigration and Pakistanis

“And it’s countries that people are going to come in and cause us tremendous problems. Our country has enough problems without allowing people to come in, who in many cases or in some cases, are looking to do tremendous destruction.”

Trump refused to be pinned down on which countries he was talking about, but did say that he believed that Europe “made a tremendous mistake by allowing these millions of people to go into Germany and various other countries, and all you have to do is take a look, it’s a disaster what’s happening over there.”

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Reader Comments (25)

  • Munir Akram
    Jan 27, 2017 - 9:51AM

    People who blown up WTC in NY were all from Saudi Arabia and UAE – Whether its invasion of Afghanistan or Iraq, democratic or republican government, the US always chose the wrong way.Recommend

  • Jooma KK
    Jan 27, 2017 - 11:22AM

    They are just checking reaction of muslim countries by banning such nations.. if no one speaks up then after some time they will put ban on each n every muslim country.. its time muslim nations should stand together and withdraw their support towards DOLLAR.. we should stop trading in dollarRecommend

  • Nauman Ghauri
    Jan 27, 2017 - 11:40AM

    Tremendous interview!Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Jan 27, 2017 - 11:42AM

    How is it going to benefit India?

    A lot. All those Pakistanis who are now demanding for separation of Kashmir from India for the only reason that it has more muslims there will stop because they know that supporting this would reinforce the notion that whenever the muslim population increases beyond a limit anywhere in the world, they would demand for separation. Pakistani Army establishment, religious parties, TV anchors, analysts and media columnists will not talk about Kashmir any longer. From now on, they all will start to say the Burhan Want was killed and not martyered.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jan 27, 2017 - 11:49AM

    @Munir Akram:
    Soon KSA and UAE will have “extreme vetting” for Pakistanis desiring to enter; no wonder about the US.Recommend

  • nouman
    Jan 27, 2017 - 11:57AM

    well thats a relief the it makes harder for us to come to united states.Recommend

  • James
    Jan 27, 2017 - 12:26PM

    @Haji Atiya.
    Not a single Pakistani can say that. @Munir Akram is an Indian. They always try to disguise into the forums to create mistrust.
    UAE has grudge and is choosing the wrong partner but Pakistan has respect and love for the people of Saudi & UAE and if problem occurs to these teo. It will pakistan to save these countries. Not hindu india
    No Wonders Pakistanis are the 2nd Biggest property investors in Dubai with $220b. Actions speaks louder. Recommend

  • Vivek
    Jan 27, 2017 - 1:00PM

    @Jooma KK:
    But the countries which sell oil (Muslim Umma countries) must take the decision first,second to make it successful the largest importer of oil in the world must also join. The largest are first US,second China and unfortunately the third and fourth position goes to India and Japan.

    Dear sir do believe that India and Japan will dump the dollar,so in the dreams of Muslim nations it not going to happen,see the fate of Saddam and Gaddafi who went against the dollar, before your eyes you saw their downfall and you people can only able to shed few crocodile tears for themRecommend

  • Careless Whisper
    Jan 27, 2017 - 1:14PM

    @Raj – USA:
    you are a funny guy u know, ur comments suggest ur mentally unstable….Recommend

  • Khalid rashid
    Jan 27, 2017 - 1:49PM

    I would request all the pakistanis not to apply for American visa.american govts have always deceived us .their leadership is very trecherous . They are only interested in their interests .remember it was same Pakistan thru which (with pak help) they could disintegrate thenUSSR.and when it was done they imposed sanctions on pakistan.let the leaders fight their battle but we as a Pakistanis should refuse to go to USA.please go to other countries in europe and far east for study and recreation.
    We can live without US but USA may not because of our proximity with China and west Asia and Russia.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jan 27, 2017 - 2:12PM

    Well they can say that for Kuwait, and its possible that others in GCC will follow through. Recommend

  • curious2
    Jan 27, 2017 - 3:47PM

    I am unsure where Trump got the idea that getting a USA VISA was easy if your from Afghanistan or Pakistan. That’s certainly not my impression. Maybe he’s thinking of Saudi Arabia where it’s likely easier to get VISA?Recommend

  • Arif
    Jan 27, 2017 - 5:09PM

    @Careless Whisper
    We may not stop our support for Kashmiris as Raj-USA claims. But it is
    very true we Muslims have a very very bad reputation and it is getting worse.Recommend

  • powayman
    Jan 27, 2017 - 5:31PM

    @Khalid rashid:

    We can live without US but USA may not
    because of our proximity with China
    and west Asia and Russia.

    Classic anti American blather. Last time I looked USA was Pakistan’s largest export customer – largest charitable donor – largest arms supplier – and still provided most of the high tech components essential to run everything from power plants to medical equipment. Also – why is Pakistan’s location essential to the USA? USA maintains no military bases in Pakistan, no defense treaties, and it’s primary purchases from Pakistan are textiles which it can buy from India, China, Vietnam, Bangladesh etc. Recommend

  • sauce
    Jan 27, 2017 - 6:11PM


    US rents military bases from Pakistan. It launches drones from here. Pakistan is also the country through which supplies to the US mission in Afghanistan flow. So yeah Pakistan’s location matters.

    Apart from that Pakistan matters because it has that special combination of nukes and terrorists which the whole world is afraid of. If the US withdraws support then the Chinese or Russians will step up. The country has the secret sauce that enables it to extract rent from the rest of the world. A few billion thrown our way every year is peanuts compared to the cost of a jihadi nuclear attack on a major city.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jan 27, 2017 - 6:13PM

    Whatever President Trump does, only innocent and good Pakistanis will suffer. Hate mongers, extremists and terrorists are not only very resourceful, they are extremely good actors. They can trick any visa officer. Recommend

  • Ali
    Jan 27, 2017 - 8:23PM

    9//11 was an inside job and the american government planned it all.Recommend

  • Shahid
    Jan 27, 2017 - 10:05PM

    Pakistan isolated – according to Indians. Ha, ha, ha..Recommend

  • One
    Jan 27, 2017 - 10:24PM

    Powayman – thumbs up!

    The problem with some is that no matter what the issue is, it will be associated with hate for India. There will be more respect for words if they are balanced – if we know when to criticize and when to appreciate anyone, including India.

    Secondly, show some gratitude and grace. It is not always about what someone does for you – but also how you are serving other countries, are gracious and express thankfulness for what you have benefited from. The US has poured some much into Pak, but there’s hate and greed for more. There’s less humanity and grace here than in the West.Recommend

  • Merwais Khan
    Jan 27, 2017 - 11:09PM

    As an Afghan I’ve never intended to visit U.S and never wished to be in the U.S. It’s kinda a waste land. Indeed America was never for Muslims. So if you respect your privacy and respect your dignity, leave U.S and live somewhere where they respect your dignity and privacy.Recommend

  • Counterpoint
    Jan 27, 2017 - 11:17PM

    Most Pakistani’s obviously will be angered with US doing extreme vetting, conveniently forgetting the fact that over 70 Pakistani Islamic militants have been arrested in KSA.

    Now the bigger question? Why the Iron Brother of Pakistan, China, won’t allow Visa free or on arrival access to Pakistan?Recommend

  • Sandip
    Jan 27, 2017 - 11:24PM

    @Jooma KK: What will you trade in then? Extremism?Recommend

  • Mujahid Dark
    Jan 28, 2017 - 3:55AM

    What about the terrorist countries of South America who are the biggest contributors to drug abuse and crime in the US?Recommend

  • Khalid rashid
    Jan 28, 2017 - 2:09PM

    It is on record Hillary clintonadmitting their fault of leaving Pakistan high and dry after afghan war.they are going to use India against China and do the same as they did to Pakistan .I wish Indians enjoy their honeymoon with mr trump.we have learnt our lesson after paying a very high priceRecommend

  • Aslam
    Jan 29, 2017 - 1:08PM

    Ha! Most indians here cant diffetentiate that the ban was exercised through an executive order while extreme vetting is something he just said in this interview. Recommend

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