This Monday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer took questions over the detention of a 5-year-old Iranian boy under President Trump‘s ban on immigration from seven Muslim majority countries.
Video of the boy being reunited with his mother went viral over the weekend after he was detained for hours at Washington Dulles International Airport on Saturday.
During a press conference this Monday, NBC News White House Correspondent Kristen Welker grilled Spicer on the necessity of the boy’s detention.
“The president recognizes that it is his duty and obligation to keep this country safe,” Spicer said. “And by instituting a process by which we look at these countries over a 90-day period and the process by which the people can come in out of this country to ensure the safety of each and every one of us, I think, is something that makes a heck of a lot of sense.”
“When you look at the 329,000 people [who traveled to the U.S. this weekend], 109 were inconvenienced for the safety and security of us all,” Spicer continued. “And to make sure that, if they are a 5-year-old, that maybe they’re with their parents and they don’t pose a threat.”
“But to assume that just because of someone’s age or gender or whatever that they don’t pose a threat would be misguided and wrong.”
Watch video of the exchange below:
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