Trump defends 'travel ban' after appeal to Supreme Court

President Trump's lawyers found themselves undercut by their client Monday when the chief executive tweeted that he wanted a "travel ban" and "not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted" to the Supreme Court.

In fact, Trump exposed the anti-Islam sentiment underlying his travel ban by the very way he reacted to the London attack: He claimed the attack proved the need for his ban, even though we knew nothing at the time about which nations the attackers were originally from or whether they had ever even visited any of the six countries named in the ban.

Saying he preferred the original travel ban, "not the watered down, politically correct version" he had issued in March, Trump attacked both the Justice Department and the federal courts. Apparently he was not happy with how the Justice Department was handling his Administration's appeal of lower court decisions of his travel ban to the Supreme Court.

In their court arguments, the president's lawyers have argued that Trump's campaign pledge to enact a "Muslim ban" does not reflect what he is seeking now.

Trump's legal team asked the Supreme Court last week to reverse rulings by lower courts and allow the revised travel ban to go into effect immediately.

When the executive order was originally introduced in January, Trump administration officials tried to argue that it was not a ban.

But after its implementation led to chaos at U.S. airports and a series of legal challenges, his administration pulled the policy and he later signed a revised executive order.

The London attack appears to have provided a new backdrop for Mr. Trump to revive his campaign rhetoric amid the chaos and drift that has paralysed this administration. "We don't need the help but will take it!" attorney Neal Kaytal wrote on Twitter.


After the original order was stayed by courts, the administration issued a revised order in which, that provision was removed along with several others. But in doing so, he may have just made it more likely that the courts will keep blocking the ban.

Following the tragedy in Manchester this past weekend, Donald Trump tweeted out that, this particular incident shows why we need to be tough, we need to be vigilant, we need to be smart, and we need the travel ban.

The mayor's spokesman said he was too busy to respond to Trump's "ill-informed" tweet.

Gregory quoted statements by Trump during his campaign calling for a "Muslim ban", and wrote that a reasonable observer would likely conclude the order's "primary goal is to exclude persons from the United States on the basis of their religious beliefs".

Trump said in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network shortly after the first ban was signed that the measure would help Syrian Christians fleeing the country's civil war, a comment lawyers challenging the ban have pointed to as a sign it meant to favor Christians over Muslims.

Lawyers already involved in the cases took to social media happily Monday in the wake of Trump's tweets, certainly implying that they'll find a way to use his newest statements.

Trump also repeated his attacks on London Mayor Sadiq Khan by misrepresenting his statement that "no reason to be alarmed" (referring to deployment of greater police personnel in London after the attacks) to suggest Khan was soft on terrorism. His own Department of Justice (DOJ) was squarely in his presidential sights as he complained bitterly about the languishing state of his revised Travel ban. There's no room for that in the United States, it's unconstitutional in the United States, and Donald Trump's idiotic tweets, hopefully have killed this travel ban once and for all.

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