Trump bats for travel ban, says politically correct term won't protect Americans

Lauren Perry
June 13, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump used Twitter late Monday to again call for a travel ban from what he called "dangerous countries" while criticizing what he sees as "politically correct" efforts to soften his original executive order to block entry to people from a group of majority-Muslim countries.

On Monday, he slammed his Justice Department on Twitter for what he views as a "watered down" version.

On January 27, President Trump issued an executive order temporarily banning Muslims from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the United States.

President Trump's tweets are undermining the legal case for his travel ban, according to a host of legal experts including the husband of top White House aide Kellyanne Conway.

Trump also said the Justice Department should ask for an "expedited hearing" on the second ban and "seek much tougher version!"

Conway was in contention to head the civil division of the Justice Department, which would have given him responsibility for defending the travel ban in court.

Because the administration isn't able to enforce its temporary ban on entry to the people from six predominantly Muslim countries, Kelly told Tuesday that he's not "fully confident" that the country is doing "all that we can to weed out potential wrongdoers from these locations".

"These tweets are basically winking at his supporters to say, obviously, I'm only doing this so that the courts will uphold it", Vladeck said. Sad, ' he wrote, suggesting Trump's messages could hurt a future Supreme Court case. This "extreme vetting", says Trump, is being done for the safety of the people in the US.

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In his 5 June tweets, Trump argued that the concessions made in the second order should be reversed.

US Senator Ben Cardin, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who opposes the ban, said on Monday Trump's tweets on the issue "clearly shows his intent" and his disdain for the judicial branch.

Just 10 days into the Oval Office and the US President signed an executive order placing a travel ban into America for citizens from seven countries.

The revised order removed language barring legal permanent residents and a clause that protected religious minorities. "The president's made that very clear: it is a travel ban". If there's new procedures put in place, put those procedures in place.

Neal Katyal, the lawyer who argued for the challengers in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, wrote on Twitter, "Its kinda odd to have the defendant in HawaiivTrump acting as our co-counsel".

"The courts have ruled, and the courts said this abused the executive powers".

Early in the administration, White House press secretary Sean Spicer outright scolded reporters for labeling Trump's plan a travel ban. "I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!"

The administration said the travel ban was needed so it could evaluate existing screening protocols and set new ones.

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