“The real losers here are not immigrants, but the American workers who are laid off and laid off on a daily basis,” said Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., a Republican from the border state of Tennessee.
“This is a good thing for America.”
Trump’s executive order, announced Monday, has prompted a series of legal challenges across the country, with a ruling from a federal judge in Maryland scheduled for Thursday.
The order has also drawn condemnation from other states, including New York, Illinois and Pennsylvania, where a judge temporarily blocked enforcement last month.
“I think this is a very big win for America, for the United States of America,” Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., told reporters.
“The Supreme Court has said it’s time to take this action, and that’s what we’re doing.”
Trump, who has long been an advocate of a national “Buy American” policy, has argued that the ban is needed to ensure “American workers can compete with cheap Chinese labor.”
He told supporters on Tuesday that the order will help the U.S. get back to its “winning ways” of manufacturing and exports.
But he acknowledged that the travel ban was not intended to restrict the flow of immigrants to the United Kingdom, where the government has already approved 2,000 refugees and migrants.
Trump also said he will work with Congress to “reform the visa waiver program to give us the best possible visas, which will help us compete with other countries that are taking in refugees.”
Trump has also faced criticism for the administration’s slow response to Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico and other Caribbean island territories.
The Trump administration has said that it will be more responsive to disasters if it is allowed to waive certain restrictions on travel, but Trump has struggled to find common ground with congressional Republicans.
The president told reporters last week that he plans to call congressional leaders on Wednesday to get them to agree to the waiver proposal.
Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told CNN on Tuesday: “The administration has a lot of work to do, and I think it’s important for the American people to know that they are the ones that will have to pay the price if we don’t get this right.”
Trump is expected to address the public on Wednesday.
Trump on Tuesday said he had received a congratulatory call from Russian President Vladimir Putin, a day after the two men spoke by phone.
Trump said he would meet Putin at a summit in Italy next month to discuss U.N. sanctions against Russia over its interference in the 2016 election.
Trump has repeatedly suggested he would seek to improve relations with Russia after the president’s inauguration in January, saying that he would like to “put a lot more pressure” on Russia.
The two leaders spoke by telephone earlier on Tuesday, and Trump said during a press conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni that he wants to work with Russia to fight ISIS and that he expects to have more contact with Putin at the summit.