Arnold Schwarzenegger blasted president Donald Trump’s immigration ban implementation as making America look “crazy” and “stupid.”
On Monday, the 69-year-old actor and former governor of California said in an interview that the new administration made mistakes after Trump signed an executive order on Friday that temporarily prevents migration from seven Muslim majority countries. Schwarzenegger added that he hopes it’s been a “wake-up call” for the administration.
“I think that the real problem is that it was vetted badly,” Schwarzenegger said. “And if they would have run this by the Justice Department and Homeland Security and had their lawyers really study it and focused on it and give it some time to do it the right way. I know what he was trying to accomplish and his fear about having people come in from other places and cause harm to the country, but there’s another way of going about it to do it the right way.”
“I think they were hasty with it and they threw this out there,” he added. “I mean to go and to ban people that have a green card, that means that the United States of America has given you the permission to work here permanently in this country and you are on the way to citizenship. I was in that position..to all of the sudden to get stuck in the airport.”
“It’s crazy and it makes us look stupid when the White House is ill-prepared to put this kind of executive order out there,” he continued later in the interview. “I went though some of those kind of problems when I was governor and you go in there new, you have a new team and mistakes are made. I hope this is a wake-up call for them.”
— ExtraTV (@extratv) January 30, 2017