- Associated Press - Monday, January 30, 2017

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont’s lone Representative to the U.S. House says President Donald Trump has placed politics above national security.

Rep. Peter Welch, a Democrat, says he will work with Republicans in Congress to overturn and defund the executive order that freezes all asylum applications and blocks residents from Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Iran, Sudan and Somalia.

Speaking Monday before another event in Burlington, Welch called the order unconstitutional and said Trump’s order creates “needless suffering.”

He says there is no debate that the primary responsibility of the government is to protect the safety of its citizens. And for him there is no debate “about the absolute wrongness” of having a religious ban.

On Sunday, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican, also criticized the order.

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