Trump doubles down on call for 'travel ban'

Olive Rios
June 13, 2017

According to the petition, Congress and the Supreme Court have agreed that the executive branch has extremely broad discretion to set immigration policies to assure national security.

Where to begin? He signed off on the revised order, but he's throwing Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the DOJ under the bus.

Last week, the Justice Department formally asked the Supreme Court to let a ban be put in place.

As a threshold matter, it is entirely inappropriate for Presidents to comment on cases while they are pending before the judiciary. "It's directly undercutting what his lawyers are trying to say". He urged the justices to accept the travel ban on its face and disregard the campaign statements.

The tweets could possibly harm his chances of winning in court.

Trump said the Justice Department should seek a "much tougher version" and made clear - despite his own press secretary's past remarks to the contrary - that the executive order is a "ban", not a pause on some sources of immigration or an enhanced vetting system.

Legal experts said Trump's tweets could complicate his legal team's defense of the ban, since they contradict some of the arguments the government's lawyers are making in court.

"The Justice Department should ask for an expedited hearing of the watered down travel ban before the Supreme Court - & seek much tougher version!" tweeted Trump, who as president oversees the department.

In a series of morning tweets, Trump said the Justice Department "should have stayed" with the first travel ban executive order.

Fifty-two percent (52%) of US voters say the executive order aims to keep out terrorists, not discriminate against Muslims. Calling the courts "slow and political" is beyond the pale. He conceded that he doesn't know if the justices have ever conducted such an ethics investigation but said that at the very least the court ought to ask the Justice Department what it knew about the president's intentions at the time of its filing and whether DOJ presented the facts accurately.

As usual, Trump didn't wait for responses between volleys and just kept the tweets coming starting around 5:25 a.m. on Monday.

"America sends our thoughts and prayers and our deepest sympathies to the victims of this evil slaughter and we renew our resolve, stronger than ever before, to protect the United States and its allies from a vile enemy that has waged war on innocent life, and it's gone on too long", Trump said. "The pt can not be stressed enough that tweets on legal matters seriously undermine Admin agenda and POTUS―and those who support him, as I do, need to reinforce that pt and not be shy about it".

"The president doesn't care what you call it, whether you call it a ban, whether you call it a restriction", spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. The president is very focused on exactly what that order spells out, and that's protecting Americans, protecting national security and he has every constitutional authority to do that through that executive order. Several news agencies have reported that the high court will probably hear the appeal and is giving both sides more than a week to respond to the government's emergency request to let the order take effect. If the justices do, they may not like what they see.

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