DONALD TRUMP

The US president told reporters in Davos he is keen to extend restrictions into the US from certain countries

US President Donald Trump told reporters he planned to extend travel ban at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (Photo: Getty)

Donald Trump is targeting four African nations as he tries to extend travel bans to the US.

The US president said he wants to extend the controversial ban in an interview with the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) in Davos, Switzerland.

Although he declined to name the countries he will be adding to the list, both the WSJ and Politico claimed Nigeria, Eritrea, Tanzania and Muslim-majority nation Sudan would be the African countries named.

Another three, Myanmar, Belarus and Kyrgystan, were also expected to be included in the ban.

Travel ban

The potential new list of nations affected by the ban include ones which cooperate with the US over counter-terrorism.

Nigeria is not only a counter-terrorism partner, but there is also a large Nigerian community within the US.

An official announcement is expected to be made on Monday, three years after the original ban was made targeting Muslim-majority countries.

The new restrictions may not be a blanket ban on travel from these countries into the US but could limit the travel of government officials or those on certain types of visas.

US citizen Henry Adeleye is part of a large Nigerian community already settled in the US (Photo: Getty)

Counter-terrorism partner

Mr Trump claimed the original ban had been “profoundly successful in protecting our country and raising the security baseline around the world”.

He told the WSJ: “While there are no new announcements at this time, common sense and national security both dictate that if a country wants to fully participate in US immigration programmes, they should also comply with all security and counter-terrorism measures — because we do not want to import terrorism or any other national security threat into the United States.”

The current ban on travel to the US includes some citizens from majority-Muslim nations Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, in addition to North Korea and Venezuela.​

Chad was removed from the list in April 2018 following improvements to “identity management and information sharing practices sufficiently to meet the baseline security standard of the United States,” according to the White House.