Trump's Travel Ban Case Appears to Be Undercut by His Own Tweets

In a series of Monday morning tweets, Trump says the Justice Department "should have stayed" with his first executive order aimed at temporarily halting entry to the US from a half-dozen Muslim majority countries.

After Trump's travel ban was blocked by lower courts, the Justice Department appealed last week to the Supreme Court to review the legality of the order.

And on Monday, Trump unleashed a series of tweets that accused Sessions' department of devising a "watered down, politically correct" version of the travel ban.

"That's right, we need a TRAVEL BAN for certain risky countries, not some politically correct term that won't help us protect our people!", Trump tweeted.

Federal courts struck down Trump's first travel ban, which he issued as an executive order a week after he took office on January 20.

Shortly after the news broke Saturday evening about a possible terrorist attack in London, President Donald Trump tweeted: "We need to be smart, vigilant and tough".

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

In an early morning tweet storm on Monday, June 5, 2017, President Donald Trump called for a travel ban. The final tweet denounced the courts as "slow and political".

"We're proposing reduced wait times, increased route efficiency and far fewer delays", Trump said. Trump tweeted on Monday.

"The reason the press covers very little of what Trump does as president is because, as president, he does very little", Meyers quipped.

In other words, Trump's lawyers will have to convince the Supreme Court that a temporary ban is still necessary even though it was supposed to expire nine days ago. 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. "I do not think the injunction included not being able to plan for vetting", said Leon Fresco, an immigration lawyer at Holland & Knight.

George Conway, the husband of Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to the president, and an attorney who turned down a top Justice Department position last week, reacted on Twitter, a medium he rarely uses.

"It's hard to see how they help him and it seems pretty clear that they hurt him", Michael Gerhardt, a constitutional law professor at the University of North Carolina said in an interview. Trump's administration would then be likely to file its own response before the court's nine justices decide.

The states maintained US law contained many examples where the government applied immigration policies to certain groups differently and the president was well within his right to issue the order, The Washington Times reported Tuesday.

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. Trump clearly thinks he can outpoliticize the courts, who won't tweet back at him.

A key part of the fight brewing in the nation's highest court over Trump's executive order is the intent behind it, with civil rights groups and states saying it is meant to keep Muslims from entering the country and the Trump administration insisting it is simply a matter of national security.



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