Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Trump Second-Guesses Justice Dept. Appeal in Travel Ban Case

Trump Second-Guesses Justice Dept. Appeal in Travel Ban Case

US President Donald Trump has 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 latest tweets reiterate this, with Trump saying that the Justice Department "should have stayed with the original Travel Ban" and should now once again "seek much tougher version".

After the firestorm President Donald Trump's Twitter activity set off over the weekend in response to the London terror attack, he was back on social media early Monday to make a case for his "travel ban".

NY lawyer George T. Conway III says Trump's Monday tweets taking aim at the Justice Department "may make some ppl feel better", but won't help win a majority in the Supreme Court.

Jonathan Turley, a law professor at The George Washington University who has said the administration's immigration order is legal, said Trump's references to it as a "travel ban" in his tweets undermine the Justice Department's defense of it.

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.

Conway referred to it as "This obsession with covering everything he says on Twitter and very little of what he does as president".

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Trump still, however, wants it approved by the Supreme Court.

In a January 31 press briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the president's executive order is "not a travel ban".

The order however was widely criticised, including by human rights activists and USA states led by Democrats.

The Department of Justice's petition asks the high court's nine-justice panel to rule on the legality of Trump's order. Trump also asserted that the U.S. needs an extreme vetting system for those wishing to enter the country "in order to help keep our country safe". The initial travel ban was watered down after it was criticised as being a tool to victimise and segregate Muslims based on religion, something that goes against the United States constitution. It deleted Iraq from the list and removed an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees.

The revised ban is now in the hands of the United States Supreme Court, but Trump doesn't think it goes far enough.

The president has intensified his push for the travel ban in the wake of the vehicle and knife attack in London that left seven people dead and dozens injured. The mayor had told London residents not to be concerned by a stepped-up police presence in the city after the incident.

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