States File Supreme Court Briefs to Reinstate Trump Travel Ban

US President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump on Monday lashed out at the mayor of London over a statement he made in the wake of the attacks in the city, urged Congress to approve his infrastructure plans and rebuked his own Justice Department for what he said was a "watered down" version of his travel ban.

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

Trump has said his proposed ban, a centrepiece of his 2016 presidential campaign, is necessary to protect Americans from terrorist attacks.

George Conway, a D.C. attorney and husband of Kellyane Conway, tweeted a note of caution on Trump's travel ban tweet.

In a series of early-morning tweets, Trump bashed the Justice Department for its decision to ask the Supreme Court to review the second version of the ban - which he signed.

We suppose the good news is that there are more effective security strategies than this temporary travel ban - better vetting, for example, which the ban was supposed to provide time to accomplish - so even if Justice Neil Gorsuch writes the unanimous majority opinion striking it down, Trump won't be out of options. "The courts are slow and political!" he said in a fourth. We need the courts to give us back our rights.

Kelly said that the court injunction on the executive order has prevented his department from temporarily forbidding USA entry to citizens of these nations that were either involved in civil war or were state sponsors of terrorism.

The 90-day ban was imposed on people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.




In the states' brief, filed on Monday, Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller wrote that the executive order does not mention religion at all and distinguishes people based only on nationality.

The entire Travel Ban argument was reignited after Saturday's horrific terror attack near London Bridge which left seven people dead and 48 injured. The travel ban is a travel ban.

"We need to be smart, vigilant and tough", the president tweeted as reports of the violence were coming in.

A while later, as buzz spread from his original tweet - including the obvious copying of the Trumpism "Sad" - Conway posted four more threaded tweets: "Just to be clear, and in response to inquiries, I still VERY, VERY STRONGLY support POTUS, his Admin, policies, the executive order and of course, my wonderful wife".

Trump's tweeted criticism could complicate the administration's efforts to defend the ban, legal experts said. Every sensible lawyer in (White House Counsel Office) and every political appointee at DOJ wd agree with me (as some have already told me).

Never mind that Trump himself signed the revised order, which was meant to avert legal challenges, and that Justice Department lawyers have repeatedly argued the new policy does not target Muslims.

She noted that judges on a number of occasions have declared two executive orders issued by Trump to be unconstitutional.

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