Top Republicans who originally denounced Donald Trump's proposed "Muslim ban" are now either supporting, or remaining silent, about Friday's executive order that temporarily bars immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.
Here's where they stood then, versus where they stood now.
1. Vice President Mike Pence.
Where he stood then: In December 2015, Pence tweeted:
Where he stands now: Pence stood directly behind Trump when he signed the executive order to signed an executive order closing our nation's borders to refugees and citizens of seven muslim countries. The VP nodded along as Trump said, "I'm establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States. We don't want 'em here."
2. House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Where he stood then: Ryan tweeted this in July of 2016:
Where he stands now: Ryan was one of the first politicians to back Trump's order, saying that the order wasn't a ban. "This is not a religious test and it is not a ban on people of any religion," said AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for Ryan. He added, with a straight face, that Trump just wants to make sure we're doing everything we can to "reevaluate and strengthen the visa vetting process."
Here's the full statement:
Our number one responsibility is to protect the homeland. We are a compassionate nation, and I support the refugee resettlement program, but it's time to reevaluate and strengthen the visa vetting process. This is why we passed bipartisan legislation in the wake of the Paris attacks to pause the intake of refugees. President Trump is right to make sure we are doing everything possible to know exactly who is entering our country.
3. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Where he stood then: In December of 2015, McConnell said he would not act on 's proposal to bar Muslims from entering the United States.
Where he stands now: Silence.
4. Incoming Defense Secretary General James Mattis.
Where he stands now: Like Pence, Mattis stood directly behind Trump when he signed the executive order to signed an executive order closing our nation's borders to refugees and citizens of seven muslim countries.
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