Trump’s Twitter ban is a ‘disaster for America’
President Donald Trump’s administration is expected to announce Friday that the US has suspended the use of the social media platform, a move that could potentially affect millions of people in the US and beyond.
The White House announced that the suspension would be in place through Monday, a day after Trump signed an executive order suspending federal funds to foreign governments, universities, corporations and groups that do not comply with US immigration laws.
It is unclear when the suspension will end, but some experts believe it will begin immediately.
A number of tech companies and other organizations have already said they would cease to operate.
On Friday, Trump tweeted, “This executive order was a disaster for our country and its people.
It will not stand.”
The White Street Journal reported that “the suspension, announced on Twitter, also could affect the flow of visas and business visas from the United States to those who have come to the US under an executive action or other visa waiver program, according to officials familiar with the matter.”
A number more companies, including Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Google, eBay, LinkedIn, Instagram and LinkedIn.com, were also affected by the order.
According to the WSJ, the order “will have no impact on any of the companies that have already suspended their operations and will not affect their existing services.”
A White House official said in a statement that “no final decisions have been made.”
Trump has repeatedly said that he has no intention of halting immigration from Muslim-majority countries.
The move will not impact business visas, which are used to bring workers from abroad to the United State, and other visas that are used for business or tourism purposes.
Some analysts believe the decision will allow some companies to continue doing business in the United Kingdom, as well.
Trump said he will not be suspending immigration from countries that the president claims have links to terrorism.
“I will not allow the United Nations to be used by the United STATES to push our policy of extreme vetting of people coming into our country,” Trump said.
“The United States will not accept a nation that does not follow our laws, nor will I allow our government to be run by people who do not respect our Constitution, our laws or our borders.”
The order also has wide-ranging implications for the way US corporations do business.
The WSJ reported that the order could “effect the future of hundreds of billions of dollars in U.S. investment, which could be affected by US government funding for research and development in the technology sector, including the companies most reliant on technology exports.”
Trump signed the executive order after the US Supreme Court overturned the previous version of the travel ban, which was issued in February.
The court ruled that the ban violated the constitutional right to due process and the rights of refugees and migrants, and was also meant to bar travel from seven Muslim-dominated countries.
On Thursday, the US Department of Justice announced that it would review the order, and said it was reviewing a petition for a stay of the order from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Trump administration has not provided a date for when the review will be completed.
The decision to suspend the order has been met with some opposition from Democrats.
The Associated Press reported that Senator Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, said that Trump’s order “must be reversed immediately,” saying that “if the Trump administration continues down its path to undermine the rule of law and our country’s standing on the world stage, then the American people will demand it.”
He added, “We have to stand up to the authoritarian Trump administration.”
On Thursday afternoon, Vice President Mike Pence, speaking at a press conference with the Senate Republican Conference, defended the ban, saying that it was needed to protect American workers.
“There are a lot of businesses in the world that want to do business in this country, and a lot more that want the opportunity to do that, and I believe that the Trump Administration has failed to understand that,” Pence said.
He added that the executive orders that were issued in the past few weeks by Trump and his predecessors had done “nothing but harm to America and our allies, and have left America vulnerable.”
“Our companies have come together, our families have come forward and made America safer, and we’ve taken steps that have made it more secure.
So the American government has to step up, and there is no place for this kind of behavior,” Pence added.
The suspension of Trump’s travel ban comes at a time when the US economy is in turmoil.
Economists surveyed by Bloomberg expected the US Federal Reserve to raise interest rates on Wednesday.
The US stock market dropped nearly 2% on Thursday morning.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost nearly 1,000 points.
The Nasdaq Composite fell 1,200 points.