- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii’s attorney general says he asked President Donald Trump to explain a ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority nations.

Attorney General Doug Chin says in a news release that he questioned Trump at the White House on Tuesday.

Chin says Trump asked him if his state had sued him over the travel ban. Chin’s lawsuit challenging the ban earlier is on hold.

Trump’s initial travel ban was struck down by a federal court. The president is expected to announce a new, overhauled plan on Wednesday.

According to Chin’s news release, Trump’s response was that extreme vetting is part of making America safe again.

Chin says targeting people based on national origin or religion harms the nation’s security. He says the Constitution doesn’t allow such discrimination.


This story has been corrected to remove the reference to President Donald Trump in the last graph. Hawaii’s attorney general made those comments at a Q&A;, not directly to the president.

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