Murray McCully still 'seeking clarification' on Trump travel ban

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully (file)
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully (file)

The chaos is continuing over US President Donald Trump's travel ban, with the New Zealand Government admitting it is still "seeking clarification" over whether dual citizens here will be affected.

A statement issued by Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully's office says it is still in the dark over whether Kiwi citizens of the banned countries face being blocked. 

"The New Zealand Embassy in Washington continues to work urgently to gain further information on how the Executive Order will be applied. This includes seeking clarification from US officials on how NZ dual nationals will be impacted," the statement reads.

Mr McCully's statement says the Government is working to ensure New Zealand dual nationals are not disadvantaged.

International reports indicate there may be a carve-out, possibly of countries part of the Five Eyes spy network - that's the US, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Reports from Britain and Australia say they've had assurance their dual nationals won't be affected.

Mr Trump has ordered a three-month ban on entry into the US by citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries - Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Mr Trump is also enforcing a four-month ban on all other refugees and an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees.

The Executive Order has been called into question by the US Acting Attorney-General Sally Yates, who isn't sure it is legal.

She's ordered Department of Justice lawyers not to defend any cases in court until she's convinced otherwise.  

Labour deputy leader Annette King called Prime Minister Bill English 'Cruisy Bill' on Twitter on Tuesday, stemming from what Labour have called a "tardy" response from Mr English to Mr Trump's controversial immigration ban.

Labour leader Andrew Little - nicknamed 'Angry Andy' by National - backed that up, saying the Prime Minister was "cruisy" and "asleep at the wheel" in his response.

Mr English's decision to cancel his regular post-Cabinet press conference on Tuesday and instead hold it on Wednesday has also drawn criticism from Labour.

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