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US Rep. Coffman calls Trump refugee ban an 'embarrassment'

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Posted at 10:45 PM, Jan 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-31 00:45:55-05

DENVER (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman says President Donald Trump's executive order temporarily banning refugees is an "embarrassment."

The Aurora Republican briefly spoke with a Denver Post reporter at Reagan National Airport on Monday (https://goo.gl/5Q93IB ). He says he agrees that terrorism is a real threat to national security, "but I think the policy was poorly thought-out and badly executed and I think it's just an embarrassment."

Coffman added that the order seemed to be crafted by campaign operatives rather than national security experts.

He has joined a growing list of Republican lawmakers who have criticized Trump's travel ban, which targets several predominantly Muslim countries.

Coffman represents a diverse suburban Denver district with a large population of African immigrants.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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