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Where Trump's 'Travel Ban' Now Stands: Trump Takes Off the Gloves

Where Trump's 'Travel Ban' Now Stands: Trump Takes Off the Gloves

"The Justice Dept. should ask for an expedited hearing of the watered down Travel Ban before the Supreme Court - & seek much tougher version!"

With a single tweet Monday, Donald Trump undid the efforts of White House aides who have argued that his executive order restricting immigration from several countries is not "a travel ban".

Pointing to the terrorist attack in London over the weekend, Trump said on Twitter on June 5 that "we need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!"

Trump has urged the need for a "much tougher version" of his travel ban and stated that the USA has already started "extreme vetting" those who want to come to the US.

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

Travel ban or not, Trump is vowing to tighten security.

Trump then wrote that the administration was already "EXTREME VETTING" travelers coming into the country. "The courts are slow and political!" the USA president tweeted.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who serves as the deputy press secretary, justified this inconsistency during briefing Monday by saying Trump doesn't care what anyone calls it.




Later, the mayor's spokesman said he was too busy to respond to Trump's "ill-informed" tweet. First, it was Donald Trump himself who signed the executive order that he now derides.

On Monday, he started at 6:25 a.m.to comprehensively undermine his own legal team in its quest to win Supreme Court approval for a travel ban targeting Muslims. And the first version was better than the "politically correct" revised ban.

Meanwhile, the White House ruled out a new executive order in this regard.

Some constructive criticism (again) for the president: Yes, Twitter helps him reach his base, and it's very likely most grassroots folks see this as Trump speaking truth to corruption.

The lower court's order was upheld by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Feb 9.

The entire Travel Ban argument was reignited after Saturday's horrific terror attack near London Bridge which left seven people dead and 48 injured. The Wall Street Journal notes, "Had the White House done such legal due diligence in the first place, the travel ban might not have become a political bonfire - not least because the President enjoys wide constitutional and statutory discretion over immigration and national security".

The revised version seeks to ban people from Iran, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Syria for 90 days; it deletes Iraq from the original list. "It makes it harder to argue this is not a Muslim ban, and more importantly, it makes it harder to argue that the president's statements should be irrelevant". Is he referring back to the initial January 2017 executive order, or is he referring to an even tougher version that will be released after the current one winds its ways through the courts?


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