When Hillary Clinton tweeted about Donald Trump’s ban on immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries, many followers were quick to point out one detail.
Following President Trump’s executive order to ban immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries, many politicians have spoken out against the action.
One notable politician who spoke out against the president’s executive order is Trump’s opponent in the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton.
“I stand with the people gathered across the country tonight defending our values & our Constitution,” Clinton wrote on her Twitter page. “This is not who we are.”
The message was retweeted more than 168,000 times in two days and received more than 550,000 likes. However, the response to the post was not all positive.
Many pointed out that while Clinton was secretary of state, the State Department did something slightly similar to Trump’s order. According to The Federalist, the State Department stopped processing applications from Iraqi refugees for six months in 2011. The decision was made after the FBI reportedly uncovered evidence that several dozen Iraqi terrorists had infiltrated the U.S. through the refugee program.
“Trying to remember here… who was Secretary of State when Obama imposed a similar ban on Iraq in 2011? Oh… it was you,” one Twitter user responded to Clinton. “Hypocrite.”
In a piece for Foreign Policy, former Obama administration official Jon Finer pushed back, stating that there was never a ban on Iraqi refugees in 2011.
“While the flow of Iraqi refugees slowed significantly during the Obama administration’s review, refugees continued to be admitted to the United States during that time, and there was not a single month in which no Iraqis arrived here,” Finer wrote. “In other words, while there were delays in processing, there was no outright ban.”
Sources: The Federalist, Washington Post, Foreign Policy, DngrMse/Twitter, Hillary Clinton/Twitter / Photo Credit: Nathaniel F/Flickr