Why did the US decide to ban the hijab from US-bound flights?
The US has decided to ban some cosmetics products made by some of the most prominent Muslim-majority countries in the world.
But that didn’t stop US officials from telling US news outlets that it would still be a “wonderful” time to be wearing a headscarf, a product that’s worn by many devout Muslims.
In a press conference Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry said that President Donald Trump would be announcing an executive order soon to “protect religious freedom” and that the US will continue to “support those who wear their faith in the most respectful and modest manner.”
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News.
But Trump’s recent order temporarily blocking Muslim-American immigration into the US and barring citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the country sparked outrage across the Muslim world.
In an op-ed published by the Huffington Post on Monday, American-born and American-raised Muslim writer and blogger Ayaan Hirsi Ali called the move “an attack on all of us who choose to be Muslims and who are Muslims” and said it was “one of the worst moments in American history.”
“As Americans, we must be able to stand together against this kind of extremism,” she wrote.
“For a moment, we can stand up together to defend our religious freedoms.
The future of this country depends on it.”
In a separate statement on Monday night, US Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly said the US would not allow Muslims to be barred from entering America.
“We will not allow our nation to be used to hide the truth about who we are,” Kelly said.
“The world is watching.
We will stand up for our values, and we will not be bullied by extremists.”
In recent weeks, Trump and his top aides have used their public appearances to attack critics of his policies, including former White House adviser Stephen Bannon, a self-described nationalist who’s long been critical of Muslims.
Kelly also said on Monday that the Trump administration will continue supporting and encouraging the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States.
“This is the right thing to do.
It is not the wrong thing to want to do,” he said.”
That’s the bottom line, that’s the reality.
We don’t want to put our country in a situation where our leaders can’t communicate effectively and honestly about our country’s security.”
Kelly said the United Nations will not intervene in the immigration matter.
“Our role is to support refugees,” he told reporters.
“We don’t have a role to intervene.
That’s the role of the United Nation, and I hope that it’s the same for all countries.””
We’re not intervening in the refugee issue,” he added.
Trump has also faced criticism for his executive order that temporarily halted travel from six predominantly Muslim countries to the US for at least 90 days.
He later reversed the decision.