The president’s executive order barring travel from seven Muslim-majority countries and barring refugees from entering the United States has been called the most controversial order in U.S. history, with critics pointing to Trump’s frequent use of it to claim that he’s leading a Muslim ban without evidence.
Trump’s travel ban, which was first signed by his predecessor Barack Obama, also barred refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The administration has not explained how it determined which countries would be exempt, but it said the order was aimed at stopping terrorist travel to the U.A.E., which is predominantly Muslim.
And despite the travel ban’s controversy, it remains the most popular order in the White House’s history.
It’s been signed by Obama twice, in 2009 and again in 2016.
Even though the order has been widely condemned by rights groups, it’s also popular among Trump supporters.
Some Trump supporters have called for Trump to be pardoned for his decision to sign the order, as has Sen. Jeff Sessions, who is one of Trump’s top lieutenants and a frequent critic of the president.
But Trump himself has not yet said he’d be pardoning anyone for his executive order, despite a request from Trump’s lawyers.
Trump also has not publicly commented on the order’s fate.
After Trump signed his order in January, the administration said it would be issued as soon as possible, but on Friday, the White Street Journal reported that Trump would not give a timeline for the order.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.