America's legal system is 'broken': Trump on travel ban reprieve
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 14, 2017,
Feb 14, 2017, 0:53
With his controversial executive order on immigration blocked by the courts, President Donald Trump indicated Friday he will take additional steps to keep the country safe next week.
"We are going to do whatever's necessary to keep our country safe", Trump said during a White House news conference with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
"My administration is committed to your security, why is why we will continue to fight to take all necessary and legal action to keep terrorists, radical and unsafe extremists from every entering our country", he said in his weekly address Friday. Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, says that administration may escalate the legal battle over Trump's first ban all the way to the Supreme court, reports the New York Times. He also said he would continue asserting that Trump imposed the order based on "improper motive", including statements made by people who put the executive order into place.
But in the appeals court's damning assessment of Trump's case it stated "the government has pointed no evidence that any alien from any of the countries named in the order has perpetrated a terrorist attack in the United States".
US President Donald Trump vowed to order new security measures by next week meant to stop terrorists from entering the US, even as aides debated whether to ask the Supreme Court to reinstate his original travel ban that has now been blocked by lower courts.
On Air Force One, Trump addressed the San Francisco court fight, saying: "We will win that battle".
Within minutes of the judges' decision, the President angrily tweeted his intent to appeal.
But officials said that even if Trump issues a new order the administration could still refer the appeals court ruling to the Supreme Court.
The state, which brought the case on behalf of travellers detained at Dulles airport just outside Washington, argued that its universities had been affected by the ban, echoing a key argument of the Washington state attorney general.
"The procedural protections provided by the Fifth Amendment's due-process clause are not limited to citizens", the court said.
An appellate court decided unanimously on Thursday to maintain a block on Trump's order barring refugees and nationals from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States - a ruling Trump denounced as "disgraceful".
The justice department said it was reviewing the decision and considering its options.
"We are committed to the security of Japan and all areas under its administrative control", he added, as he pledged enhanced economic ties and a "trading relationship that is free, fair and reciprocal" between the two major world economies.
"We need speed for reasons of security".
Trump's order applied to Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen - countries the administration said raise terrorism concerns.