James O'Brien is Leading Britain's Conversation.
28 January 2017, 13:35
Trump has halted the issuing of visas to a number of mainly Muslim countries. Here Maajid Nawaz points out a huge flaw in the US President's logic.
Trump announced and signed executive action that will prevent refugees and immigrants from mainly Muslim countries entering the United States.
The US President justified this move, which he described as "extreme vetting", as a way to "keep terrorists out".
But Maajid identified something glaringly wrong with Trump's reasoning.
The LBC presenter said: "So the countries that Trump has decided to bar, suspend immigration from, are the following: Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.
"Do you notice something? Notice what's missing? I'll repeat. 15 of the 911 attackers came from Saudi Arabia. One from Egypt, two from the UAE, one from Lebanon.
"How extreme is Trump's vetting if it covers none of those countries from which hailed the terrorists who were responsible for the worst attack on US shores?
"The terrorism in Europe: all of them French born and raised, German, British citizens born and raised, in thick Yorkshire accents attacking our country and leaving video evidence behind so that we all know who did it.
"Trump's list of countries that he's banning or suspending immigration from, doesn't include Britain, doesn't cover the Richard Reids, it doesn't include those who are born and raised in our countries.
"And so what's the conclusion that we are forced to reach? The conclusion is that President Trump is taking a sledge hammer to crack a nut, and he's missing the nut."