Still Swinging for the Fences — Trump Travel Ban

Wade Massey
June 8, 2017

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The president defended his controversial travel ban in a series of tweets Monday morning, arguing that the Justice Department hurt the proposed ban's chances by submitting a "watered down, politically correct version" to the Supreme Court.

Trump's tweets have put the United States justice department and his aides in a seemingly impossible position: Trying to characterise the executive order as something other than a "travel ban" while the USA president loudly proclaims otherwise to his millions of Twitter followers. If there's new procedures put in place, put those procedures in place. It was also blocked in the courts.

White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday afternoon Trump "absolutely" supports the current travel ban. "The courts are slow and political!" he said in a fourth.

US President Donald Trump shields his eyes as he makes concluding remarks at the Ford's Theatre Gala, an annual charity event to honor the legacy of President Abraham Lincoln, in Washington, on Sunday. "He isn't concerned with being politically correct".

Here's the potential problem: By suggesting his new order is a "watered down" version of the original, Trump is contradicting the Justice Department's argument that the revised order is different from the first. That order is now facing its own legal challenges.

Iraq was removed from the list of banned countries in the second order and an indefinite halt to entry from Syrian refugees was replaced by a temporary pause.

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Now, Trump appears to be undermining his administration's case, an act of self-destruction that, as one commentator noted on Twitter, "should help the court case against him". "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".

"Its kinda odd to have the defendant in Hawaii v. Trump acting as our co-counsel".

Lawyer George Conway, left, tweeted after the president's first round of tweets about the ban Monday morning. This "extreme vetting", says Trump, is being done for the safety of the people in the US.

"We will keep it free and keep it safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say".

Last week, the administration rolled out new policies for some people seeking United States visas who are deemed subject to greater scrutiny.

George Conway had been considered for at least two high-ranking Justice Department jobs, including solicitor general, the government lawyer who represents the president at the Supreme Court. He may realize that he doesn't have the votes on the Supreme Court to uphold his ban, so why not blast away? The constitution and federal law gives Trump broad powers over immigration and the borders.

Trump's tweeted criticism could complicate the administration's efforts to defend the ban, legal experts said.

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