Specifically the memo warns that the action “will increase anti-American sentiment” and will “immediately sour relations with” the countries listed in the order, “as well as much of the Muslim world, which sees the ban as a religiously-motivated.”
It also warns of a “negative impact on the U.S. economy.”
At least 100 State Department officials have signed the memo, according to The Washington Post.
Circulation of the memo was first reported by ABC News, while the memo itself was first published by Lawfare blog, which focuses on national security news.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer acknowledged the memo during his daily press briefing Monday, but dismissed its signatories as “career bureaucrats.”
“Anyone who doesn’t understand the President’s goal in this … these are career bureaucrats who have a problem with it,” Spicer said. “They can get with the program or they can go.”
News of the memo comes a week after at least four senior officials at the State Department resigned, leaving the critical agency devoid of most of its management-level personnel ahead of the expected confirmation of Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson.
The departures are just the latest wave in an ongoing mass exit from the State Department following President Trump’s electoral victory in November, The Washington Post reported last Thursday.