6.26.17 The new president has ordered a full-scale review of all travel and border restrictions, and has said he is open to revising or reversing some of the restrictions.
The president has said the revised restrictions will be implemented gradually over time and be consistent with the laws that govern them.
Some of the changes may be temporary, however, and will be reviewed again once they are deemed necessary to improve security, according to a statement released by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in response to a question from ABC News.
But the department also noted that the review process is voluntary, and that DHS has not yet finalized a plan to implement all of the new restrictions.
In response to the ABC News question, Trump said he would review the rules and give “some consideration” to changing them.
“I will have to review, but you know, I’ve been very supportive of the rules.
I’ve always said we should have more of these things,” Trump said.
“We should have them as soon as possible, but I’m going to have to look at it.
I don’t want to be in a position where you’re getting one, you’re not getting two.
I want to have the flexibility to make sure we’re doing it right.
And I’ll have to be sure that we’re getting it right.”
The Trump administration has already put a lot of pressure on airlines to ease restrictions on international travelers.
Last month, Trump signed an executive order banning refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries and blocking refugees and travelers from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.
The order has been blocked by the courts and has faced a barrage of criticism from both sides of the aisle, including Democrats.
“While the executive order has largely been opposed by our allies and allies in Europe and our partners in the Middle East, our Administration has been consistently and unequivocally supportive of these rules, and they are one of the main reasons why our country and our people are safe and secure,” the statement from the department read.
“The president is taking the necessary steps to strengthen our immigration system, while maintaining America’s commitment to protecting the American people.”
The order also requires airlines to make “appropriate changes” to their policies to comply with the new rules, the statement said.
ABC News’ Michaela Hickey contributed to this report.