US sports figures criticise Trump ban

Leading US sports figures have criticised President Donald Trump’s travel ban on nationals from seven mainly Muslim countries.

Trump’s order has resulted in protests both in America and worldwide.

Those who have spoken out against the ban include British Los Angeles Lakers star Luol Deng who, as a child, fled to the UK from what is now South Sudan.

He said: “Refugees are productive members of society. It’s important we humanise the experience of others.”

The US president banned entry to the country from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen – and temporarily suspended refugee resettlement. The country’s Olympic committee said the measures should not impact athletes travelling to the country for international events.

Trump signed the executive order on Friday and early on Sunday he tweeted that the US needed “extreme vetting, NOW”. But later, in a statement, he tried to offer more reassuring words, saying: “This is not about religion – this is about terror and keeping our country safe.

“We will again be issuing visas to all countries once we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most secure policies over the next 90 days,” he said.

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