The White House has rejected an intelligence report that undermines President Donald Trump’s rationale for his halted travel ban from seven Muslim-majority countries, saying that the report’s quality is subpar.
The report from the Department of Homeland Security did not find significant domestic terror threats from the nations that were included in the ban—Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Sudan—and concluded that “country of citizenship is unlikely to be a reliable indicator of potential terrorist activity,” the Wall Street Journal reports. The unclassified report is based on public statistics as well as reports from intelligence agencies, the Department of Justice and the State Department, but the White House believes it is incomplete.
“The president asked for an intelligence assessment. This is not the intelligence assessment the president asked for,” a senior administration official told the Journal. However, Homeland Security spokesperson Gillian M. Christensen also criticized the report, calling it “an incomplete product that fails to find evidence of terrorism by simply refusing to look at all the available evidence.”