Republican officials from 16 states back Trump in travel ban fight

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 8, 2017

US President Donald Trump yesterday defended his executive order banning most travellers from six Muslim-majority nations and criticised his own administration's revisions to the policy to address legal challenges.

The Late Show host said that Trump's "frequency of tweeting, even for him, has become cartoonish", and introduced an actual cartoon president onto the show. It was also blocked in the courts.

Right now, federal courts have paused two different versions of the ban while a court battle rages as to whether it's constitutional or not. But if his tweets stir things up, or complicate a pending legal case, then that is going to draw widespread coverage.

Or should the arguments focus exclusively on the text of the ban and ignore remarks Trump had made about it on Twitter and at his campaign rallies during the 2016 race, as government lawyers have contended? He said they may help some people "feel better" but won't help get five votes on the Supreme Court. She said she was not aware of any vetting of his tweets by lawyers or aides.

There is "an obsession with covering everything Trump says on Twitter and very little of what he does as president", Kellyanne Conway said, arguing that Twitter is not the president's preferred method of communicating.

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

The majority opinion in the 4th Circuit maintaining the freeze on the ban quoted extensively from Trump's tweets and media interviews, and from those of his advisers.

Trump has used attacks around the world to justify his pursuit of the travel and immigration ban, one of his first acts since taking office. So says the president of the United States.

"Which is why I said what I said this morning", he wrote. The presidential tweet storm will likely make it harder for DOJ lawyers to insist that the order is not religiously motivated.

May had already faced pressure to criticise Trump or even withdraw his invitation for a state visit after he pulled out of a global climate deal and edged away from collective security arrangements under North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Trump's tweets could cause him additional headaches in court, as the Justice Department has tried to distance itself from the original order in defending the new one.

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

One significant case decided outside of the Court's normal term time period was United States v. Nixon in 1974, when the Burger Court extended the end of its term by several weeks to consider the fate of the Watergate Tapes.

"We need to prevent bad actors regardless of religion, race or nationality from entering our country", Kelly said.

"We don't need the help but will take it!" Neal Katyal, the former acting solicitor general representing Hawaii in its lawsuit against the ban, said it was as if Trump was his co-counsel. To overcome the legal hurdles, he replaced it with a new order in March.

"In case it's not obvious, these will only undermine the government's case before #SCOTUS for both a stay & on the merits of the #TravelBan", University of Texas law professor Stephen Vladeck posted on Twitter.

Conway stuck by his position in subsequent tweets but made clear that he supports the president.

"In any event we are EXTREME VETTING people coming into the USA in order to help keep our country safe". Calling the courts "slow and political" is beyond the pale.

Even some Republican senators have pointed this out: "It's been four months since I said they needed four months to put that in place", Sen.

Moving on from general policy requests, Trump made a decision to go ahead and attack the mayor of London directly.

Pollsters also found 52 percent think Trump's executive order is aimed at preventing terrorists from reaching the USA, while 39 percent believe it is meant to target Muslims.

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