O'Reilly on Trump's Executive Order: Protecting Americans Is 'Priority #1'
"We don't want to tarnish Statue of Liberty's message"
In his Talking Points Memo tonight, Bill O'Reilly analyzed President Donald Trump's executive order that imposed a 120-day suspension of the Syrian refugee resettlement program and a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. from citizens of seven countries, including Iraq, Syria and Libya.
O'Reilly explained that the Trump administration believes it's too easy for refugees from hotbeds of terror to come to the U.S., and it has cited the refugee chaos in Europe as evidence that "extreme vetting" is needed.
"It is certainly responsible and logical for a new president to institute updated protections for this country by ordering specific, temporary immigration actions," O'Reilly said. "Is it not?"
He added, however, that there should be room for case-by-case decision-making, and foreigners with the proper credentials should not be punished.
O'Reilly said the Trump administration would also be wise to develop a strong outreach to the Muslim world - including supporting "safe zones" - as their support will be needed in the fight against radical Islam.
"Summing up: President Trump is being responsible setting up new refugee standards, as long as they are fully explained and expedited in a timely manner," O'Reilly said. "We don't want to tarnish the message the Statue of Liberty sends."
"Protecting Americans is priority number one. But the nobility of our nation demands we help suffering, helpless people if we can."
Watch the Talking Points Memo above.