With Trudeau refusing to ‘lecture,’ Trump defends Muslim ban

US President Donald Trump and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau make their way off stage following a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House on February 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photos by AFP)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he cannot “lecture” President Donald Trump over his controversial travel ban on seven Muslim–majority countries.

On Monday, the Canadian premier met Trump at the White House, where the new president continued promoting his policies, including an executive order, known as the Muslim ban, which he signed shortly after his grip on power on January 20.

Trudeau, who has previously been challenged to decry the ban, said he respected the neighbor’s different approach.

"There have been times where we have differed in our approaches and that has always been done firmly and respectfully," Trudeau said. "The last thing Canadians expect is for me to come down and lecture another country on how they choose to govern themselves."

Addressing expectations that he should speak against the ban, considered a violation of human rights, the prime minister added that he was trying to govern "in such a way that reflects Canadians' approach."

Trump also defended his policies, saying, " I'm just doing what I said I would do.”

"We cannot let the wrong people in and I will not allow that to happen during this administration," Trump said. "We're going to give ourselves every bit of chance."

US President Donald Trump listens to an earpiece during a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, February 13, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Trump issued an executive order to impose a 90-day entry ban on citizens from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia, block refugees from Syria indefinitely, and suspend all refugee admissions for 120 days.

The presidential order was overturned later by a court ruling.

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