By Michelle MalkinThe New York TimesOn Tuesday, Donald Trump and his surrogates announced they would temporarily suspend the entry of all Syrian refugees to the United States.
This is the latest in a series of announcements that Trump and many others have made on the refugee issue since the presidential election.
The White House did not immediately respond to an inquiry about the policy changes.
On Tuesday night, a video emerged of Trump in a meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, where the two leaders discussed the fight against the Islamic State.
In it, Trump speaks in French about the refugee crisis.
“The people are coming.
I mean, we’re getting them all over,” he said.
“We’re getting thousands of them.
We’re getting the whole lot, and I’m seeing a lot of good things happening, you know?
It’s very, very good.”
The Trump administration has said it will allow Syrians to resettle in the United State.
But a spokesman for the White House Office of Management and Budget, Kevin Counihan, said Wednesday that the new policy would not change the U.S. refugee program and that refugees would continue to be screened by the federal government.
“This is not a pause, and this is not an end,” Counihann said.
Trump has said he wants to see a reduction in Syrian refugees in the U., and on Wednesday he said he would have a “very tough” meeting with his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson.
The policy announcement came a day after Trump said he was open to an international deal to take in 100,000 Syrian refugees.
Trump has called for a ban on Muslim immigration, arguing that the refugees could be terrorists.
“If they come here, they are going to come in a very big group, and they are not going to be welcome,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
“If you can’t screen them, you can get them.”
In addition to Syrian refugees, other groups being screened include people fleeing violence in Iraq and Afghanistan, people fleeing the war in the Middle East, and people fleeing persecution and poverty in places like Myanmar.
In the past, the administration has allowed refugees from Syria to settle in the country under a program called the Special Immigrant Visa program, which allows people who are already in the process of entering the country to work in the countries of their choice.
The Trump team said Wednesday it would not allow Syrian refugees into the United Nations, saying the program is not the right solution.
But the U-S.
has already approved over 300,000 refugees for resettlement in the US, a record.