Angelina Jolie warns Donald Trump he is ‘playing with fire’ over travel ban

Angelina, Actress and UN special envoy has spoken out over Trumps travel ban saying the controversial move harms refugees and threatens to fuel extremism around the world in an editorial for the New York Times.


Jolie, who was made special envoy for refugees by the UN in 2012, said: “The global refugee crisis and the threat from terrorism make it entirely justifiable that we consider how best to secure our borders.

Jolie,41, wrote in the editorial,  the President’s travel ban risked fuelling extremism abroad and creating “more instability, hatred and violence.

“Refugees are men, women and children caught in the fury of war, or the cross hairs of persecution.

“Far from being terrorists, they are often the victims of terrorism themselves.”

“Every government must balance the needs of its citizens with its international responsibilities. But our response must be measured and should be based on facts, not fear.”


The Hollywood actress is currently in the middle of a divorce from husband Brad Pitt with whom she has six children.

Speaking about her family she said her children were “all born in foreign lands and are proud American citizens”.

She added: “If we send a message that it is acceptable to close the door to refugees, or to discriminate among them on the basis of religion, we are playing with fire,” she said.

“We are lighting a fuse that will burn across continents, inviting the very instability we seek to protect ourselves against.”

“Every time we depart from our values we worsen the very problem we are trying to contain,” she said.

“We must never allow our values to become the collateral damage of a search for greater security. Shutting our door to refugees or discriminating among them is not our way, and does not make us safer.”

She is not the first in Hollywood to criticise the ban since it was introduced with many stars speaking out against it. At the Screen Actors Guild awards, Julia Louis-Dreyfus called the decision “un-American” while Seth Rogen tweeted that it would result in the persecution of “innocent refugees”.

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