Senate Republicans have mixed opinions on Trump's travel ban

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) President Trump's executive order to ban entry to the United States to citizens of seven Muslim majority countries is receiving mixed reactions from Senate Republicans.

Faced with a cascade of protests across the country against President Trump's travel ban, members of the president's party are speaking out.

"There was a lot of confusion, unnecessary confusion, when it was rolled out," said Sen. John Thune (R-SD).

Thune, a member of the Republican leadership is acknowledging problems with the implementation of the executive order.

“I think the administration owes the American people more clarity when it they announce things like this," Thune explained.

The South Dakota Senator says a lack of communication from the administration caused a lot of confusion.

"I think that they, obviously, if they had consulted more with people in the national security community, It probably would have eliminated a lot of the confusion for the American people," Thune said. "So, lesson learned, we hope.”

While Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE), agrees with the president's decision to protect the country's borders, he says the executive order goes too far.

“I believe parts of this executive order started out too broad and not fully thought out," Sen. Sasse explained. "When you think about these seven countries, there's good reason to have more vetting. I think the president's term is extreme vetting. But, there are also other countries that are not coveted in this order that we should be deliberating about.”

A large majority of Republicans, like Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, approve of President Trump’s executive order, temporarily restricting entry into the U.S. by foreigners and refugees.

“I strongly believe that we need to strengthen our vetting process as we determine those who are allowed to come into our country and assured that they don't bring with them a desire to commit terrorist acts or to endanger the people of the United States," Sen. Crapo said.

According to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll, 49 percent of Americans say they "strongly" or "somewhat agree" with the President's executive order.

Some Senate Democrats are still planning to introduce legislation that would rescind the president's executive order. It's unclear if any Republicans would support that effort.

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