On "Hannity" tonight, Newt Gingrich defended President Donald Trump's executive order that suspends Syrian refugee resettlement in the U.S. for 120 days and halts entry to the U.S. for travelers from seven terror hotbeds for 90 days.

He said it's relieving to have a president who takes the threat of international terrorism seriously and who is prepared to take "tough-minded" steps to keep Americans safe.

Gingrich acknowledged that the executive order will inconvenience some people, but that's a small price to pay when lives are on the line.

"The people in the Orlando nightclub who were killed? They were pretty inconvenienced. The people in San Bernardino who were killed at the Christmas party? They were pretty inconvenienced. The people in Berlin who were killed when a truck went into a Christmas market? They were pretty inconvenienced," Gingrich said.

"I think we have to recognize that we, as a country, have the right to protect our own citizens, and that that is precisely what this aimed at."


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