Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Top Republicans left in dark about Trump’s travel ban
At The Hill by Wong,Lillis, Fabian --
The Trump White House did not consult top Republican leaders or key committee heads before the president’s unilateral action Friday barring travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries, multiple GOP sources said.
The offices of Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and other leaders were not shown the text of the executive order or asked to provide any input before Trump signed it at the Pentagon on live television, these sources said.
The order stranded hundreds of passengers at airports around the globe and sparked spontaneous protests across the U.S. over the weekend.
“We had no hand in drafting this and have had no briefings from the WH on how it works,” a senior GOP aide told The Hill Monday in an email.