On Monday, after spending the weekend using social media to reignite his fight with the mayor of London over terror attacks, he took to Twitter to severely damage the legal defense for what is perhaps his administration's most controversial policy action - his executive order banning travel to the US from six majority-Muslim countries.
- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2017The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to S.C. Both orders, aimed at temporarily halting entry to the US from a half-dozen Muslim-majority countries, have been blocked by the lower courts.
In an interview Monday with Britain's Channel 4 News, Khan said he does not have time to respond to tweets from Trump and said Britain should call off a planned state visit by the US president expected later this year.
The president's tweets could significantly damage his administration's effort to restore the ban, which has been put on hold by two federal courts.
The poll also finds that half of Americans (50%) favor the measure which would temporarily halt travel to the USA from Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen, countries known to have ties to terrorism.
Now the court is sure to ask: If we already have an "EXTREME" vetting system, why would we need a "temporary" moratorium to create one? The narrower order temporarily halts entry to the US from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen is necessary to protect USA national security.
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George's Monday tweet was in reaction to Trump's own earlier that morning.
"The president doesn't care what you call it, whether you call it a ban, whether you call it a restriction", spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.
Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to the president, also stressed today that Trump's tweets were not administration policy. "We don't need the help but will take it!" Still, she said he'd signed the revised ban "for the purposes of expediency" and wasn't considering a third version of the ban.
The appeals court had found that the plaintiffs in the case were likely to succeed at trial in showing that the policy violates U.S. constitutional prohibitions on religious discrimination.
He later issued a statement on twitter, reiterating his support for the president but still criticizing his tweeting.
"The president has his own unique ways of communicating with the American people, and the world", Tillerson said during a visit to New Zealand."And it's served him pretty well, and I don't intend to advise him on how to communicate".
Many Democratic state officials have opposed the ban in lower courts.
Legal experts said that saying vetting measures are moving forward could also undermine the government's argument that the travel ban is urgently needed. "He's concerned with national security and protecting people in this country".