U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday to defend Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s criticized policy proposal on banning immigration from countries with a “proven history of terrorism.”
Speaking to CNN’s Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash, Sessions pledged his support for Trump’s plan, which the candidate proposed in the wake of the June 12 terrorist attack in Orlando.
“Does this mean that Mr. Trump is now in favor of a ban on all immigration from certain countries?” Bash asked. “He simply said … that we should slow down. Let’s have a pause and begin to analyze where the threats are coming from,” Sessions retorted.
“What does that mean? Are you going to look specifically at certain countries?” Bash pressed. “Are you going to look at certain religions? How would that actually work in practical terms?”
Sessions noted a very high percentage of terrorists originate from “Islamic countries,” and said that the first phase would be to look at those countries. When asked for examples of countries the proposed ban would likely target, Sessions listed Pakistan, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen.