In recent briefings to various media outlets, White House officials maintained the administration had no plan to add other countries to the list of seven Muslim countries whose citizens were barred from travelling or migrating to the US as Pakistan is providing the data they need to vet a visitor. He explained that Afghanistan, Pakistan and Lebanon were among the countries which were providing the information needed to scrutinise travellers.
However, he warned that if this cooperation changed, these or other countries could also be added to the list. The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), however, was more categorical in assuring the 40 non-designated Muslim countries that Mr Spicer mentioned in his statement.
‘Importantly, these seven countries are the only countries to which the pause on entry applies. No other countries face such treatment. Nor have any other countries been identified as warranting future inclusion at this time,’ the DHS said in a statement.