For the last three months, the administration used an executive order to ban foreign nationals from six Muslim-majority countries - Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan - from entering the USA unless they had a "bona fide" relationship with a person or entity in the country.
The original travel ban was signed by Trump during his first week in office and caused chaos at airports as some nationals from the seven majority-Muslim countries on the original list were caught up in the ban mid-transit.
"Each of the countries will be under its own set of travel restrictions, though in most cases citizens of the countries will be unable to emigrate to the United States personally and most will be barred from coming to work, study or vacation in America", the report noted.
The changes will take effect on October 18.
"Making America Safe is my number one priority. We will not admit those into our country we can not safely vet". The order does not address the refugee ban, which is set to expire on October 24, but a separate order lowering the refugee cap is expected soon.
But the officials described the addition of the two countries to Trump's travel restrictions as the result of a purely objective review.
While North Korea continues to pose as a threat to the USA with its continued nuclear provocations, Senior administration officials told reporters that the regime does not cooperate whatsoever on the baseline requirements of the administration's ban.
According to Department of Homeland Security, the countries selected for the restrictions were chosen as they failed to share sufficient information with the USA or haven't taken the necessary security precautions.
The United States then shared those benchmarks with every country in the world and gave them 50 days to comply.
"I would think the most likely outcome is brand new litigation", Georgetown University law professor Marty Lederman said earlier this week.
The White House portrayed the restrictions as consequences for countries that did not meet new requirements for vetting of immigrants and issuing of visas.
For instance, foreign nationals from North Korea are banned, but a student from Iran will be allowed in, subject to "enhanced screening and vetting requirements", according to the President's new proclamation. Such additional scrutiny will also be required for Somali citizens applying for all non-immigrant visas.
After a terrorist attack in London, he tweeted: "The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific - but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!"
"Six of President Trump's targeted countries are Muslim". Chad, North Korea and Venezuela have been added. The decision cited Trump's campaign statements in concluding that the order was motivated by anti-Muslim bias. The new visa sanctions will apply to all officials from five Venezuelan government security agencies and their immediate families. The eight countries on the modified list of countries are Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen. The second order removed Iraq from the list, and the courts eventually ruled that people with a "bona fide" connection to the USA could not be barred.