Trump's Latest Tweets On Travel Ban Could Raise New Legal Hurdles

Trump's Latest Tweets On Travel Ban Could Raise New Legal Hurdles

Trump's Latest Tweets On Travel Ban Could Raise New Legal Hurdles

US President Donald Trump has called for an "expedited" hearing of his controversial travel ban targeting six Muslim-majority countries, now before the Supreme Court, saying the justice department should seek a "much tougher version".

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

President Donald Trump, taking to Twitter, said that he is calling it a travel ban, despite what lawyers and courts are saying.

Early Monday, Trump fired off a series of tweets lashing out at the handling of his previous executive orders to temporarily bar would-be visitors from six Muslim-majority countries.

The Trump administration had vowed to take the case to the Supreme Court since the first of two versions of Trump's executive order on travel was slapped down by the San Francisco-based 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in February. In March, Trump signed a second, "watered-down" version of his original executive order after a federal judge in Washington state blocked the order.

In response, the Justice Department has insisted that courts should ignore campaign statements and focus only on what the president says and does after he's elected.

President Donald Trump argued in favor of his controversial travel ban as London authorities responded to reports of a string of attacks Saturday night.

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Particularly with Trump's "politically correct version" tweet, it would now likely be more hard for his lawyers to continue to argue that he's not intending to bar Muslims.

He also states that regardless of the decision of the supreme court, there would be EXTREME VETTING of people coming into the U.S. He also criticises the court for being too slow and political. It's unclear whether he actually talked to the Justice Department first or just vented on Twitter. It deleted Iraq from the list and removed an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees.

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.

The DOJ submitted a less draconian executive order to the US Supreme Court last Thursday.

If anything, Supreme Court may be more likely to hear the case in light of the tweets, to determine once and for all how far the president's power goes, said Peter S. Margulies, a law professor at Roger Williams.

Critics pounced on the president's use of the word "ban" amid a legal battle over his efforts to curtail travel from Muslim-majority countries.

First, he retweeted a Drudge Report item about the attacks, then provided his own message about the travel ban.

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