Government Affairs White House considers adding more countries to travel ban By Associated Press / September 22, 2017 Share 1 -- WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is weighing the next steps of his controversial travel ban -- a move that could include restrictions on travelers from additional countries. Trump's ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority nations is set to expire this coming Sunday, 90 days after it took effect.The Wall Street Journal first reported Friday that the administration is preparing to announce new, more targeted restrictions that would affect citizens of more countries than those included in the president's March 6 executive order. The restrictions would vary by country, and could include less drastic measures such as additional background checks, the paper said.The Department of Homeland Security submitted its recommendations to the White House late last week, according to DHS spokesman David Lapan. The president is expected to sign a proclamation announcing the changes in the coming days."The president's lawful executive order was designed to protect our homeland from foreign terrorists," the White House said in a statement. "The Trump administration will ensure we only admit those who can be properly vetted and will not pose a threat to national security or public safety."Trump's ban, which went into effect in June following a round of legal challenges, has applied to citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who lacked a "credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States."Trump national security adviser H.R. McMaster said Sunday that the president was weighing new restrictions in an effort to keep the American people safe.