Trump's Tweets Complicate Task of Defending Travel Ban

Saul Loeb  AFP  Getty Images  File 2017

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While lashing out at the USA court system as "slow and political", he also hammered his own administration for the "watered down" and "politically correct" version of his January 27 executive order that originally restricted citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the US and gave wider berth to the types of visas that could be restricted.

"The Justice Dept. should ask for an expedited hearing of the watered down Travel Ban before the Supreme Court - & seek much tougher version", he said in another post.

Legal challenges to the executive order contend that it amounts to an unconstitutional religious test, something borne from Trump's campaign when he repeatedly called for a Muslim ban.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has accused President Donald Trump of disregarding the Constitution following a series of tweets in which he defended his travel ban.

Lower courts placed a temporary stay on the order, and last week the Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to consider lifting the injunctions on the president's revised order.

But Rove said Trump did himself the most damage in his final tweet in which he said the government already is doing "extreme vetting" on people coming into the country. "The courts are slow and political!" the United States president tweeted.

Along party lines, Democrats are more likely than Republicans to view the executive order as anti-Muslim. At a rally on December 7, Trump asked the crowd if they'd like to hear the statement he'd issued earlier in the day. Monday's tweets reaffirmed his preference for the "original Travel Ban", which provided privileged treatment for Christians over Muslims, among other things.

After that order was struck down by the courts, the administration made a decision to write a second directive rather than appeal the initial ban to the Supreme Court.

"Conway's tweet just reflects what a lot of people are thinking this morning: People who support the President, but who understand the delicacy of what has to be done to defend his policy", the source said. His travel ban, like it or not, is legal. "Sad", a message on the Twitter account of George Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, stated, the Guardian reported. That order was blocked by a federal judge, and in March, Trump signed a revised version of the ban.

The lawyer for the challengers in the Ninth Circuit pointed to Trump " s tweets as evidence that the ban is discriminatory. "He cares that we call it national security".

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.

The Trump administration keeps trying to implement a 90-day pause on visitors to the United States and a 120-day halt to the country's refugee program. In the past, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that the order called for a vetting system rather than a ban.

But Trump suggested moving through the Supreme Court process quickly and seeking a stronger version of the order, though he did not detail specifically what the new order would authorize.

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