President Trump renewed his call for travel restrictions affecting foreign citizens after the mass-murder of Sufi mosque-goers in Egypt.
The attack during Friday prayers killed at least 235 adherents of the Muslim minority group.
“Will be calling the President of Egypt in a short while to discuss the tragic terrorist attack, with so much loss of life,” Trump tweeted after the death count spiked.
“We have to get TOUGHER AND SMARTER than ever before, and we will. Need the WALL, need the BAN! God bless the people of Egypt,” Trump wrote.
Will be calling the President of Egypt in a short while to discuss the tragic terrorist attack, with so much loss of life. We have to get TOUGHER AND SMARTER than ever before, and we will. Need the WALL, need the BAN! God bless the people of Egypt.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2017
As a candidate, Trump in 2015 first called for a travel ban to protect against Islamic terrorism after the San Bernardino, Calif., slaughter of 14 people at a company holiday party.
“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on,” Trump said, after U.S.-born citizen Rizwan Farook and his Pakistan-born wife committed the killings.
After taking office, Trump proposed a more limited travel ban, affecting citizens of a small number of countries rather than religious groups.
Neither Pakistan or Egypt ever were included in proposed Trump administration bans.
An initial travel ban in late January affected Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Iraq was later exempted. After federal judges blocked the initial attempts, citing Trump’s remarks about religion, the Trump administration added non-Muslim North Korea, religiously diverse Chad and officials from largely Catholic Venezuela to a third travel ban attempt, but that set of restrictions also has stalled in court.
This post originally appeared on Washington Examiner