Reportedly, President Trump will be releasing a revised executive order this week that will exempt Iraq from his proposed travel ban list.
In his first few days as president, Trump initiated a travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and Sudan. However, the temporary ban was short lived, as federal courts filed to block the order and succeeded.
Since the court’s block went into effect, Trump and his team have been drafting a revised version of the ban. The revision is said to include key changes.
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On Tuesday, the Associated Press reported Iraq was removed from the ban due to the country’s commitment to fighting ISIS.
The Wall Street Journal also reported the removal of Iraq from the list, citing anonymous government officials close to Trump. They also reported that visa card holders will likely be exempt from the ban so that the administration can bypass any legal obstacles.
Earlier this year, following the first proposed ban, Iraq hired the D.C.-based firm, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, as a representative for foreign policy counseling in Washington. The firm, which is charging $40,000 per month, will focus on “business development support, and strategic advisory services to advance the goals” of the Iraqi government.
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