Kellyanne Conway's husband takes shot at Trump's tweets

And directly using the word "ban" makes it clear that the order isn't just an enhanced vetting system, as the Trump administration has said in the past.

In a series of Monday morning tweets, Trump says the Justice Department "should have stayed" with his first executive order aimed at temporarily halting entry to the US from a half-dozen Muslim majority countries. He promoted a proposed travel ban on visitors from six mostly Muslim countries and refugees from around the world that has been blocked by USA courts.

"It's kinda odd to have the defendant in Hawaii v Trump acting as our co-counsel". "We don't need the help but will take it!" As a candidate, Trump called for a "total and complete shutdown" of Muslim immigration to the United States, and Justice Department lawyers have gone to great lengths to avoid calling it a "travel ban" in court, referring to it as a "temporary pause" or simply "the executive order".

At the heart of the legal wrangling is whether Trump's proposed ban violates the Constitution by discriminating on the basis of religion. He called the courts, which have blocked two versions of the travel ban, "slow and political".

He had been in the running to lead the Civil Division of the Department of Justice, but he withdrew his name from consideration on Friday, according to Politico.

Legal teams fighting the ban have already collected a long list of statements made by Trump and his staff members on the subject, and used it in multiple courts to demonstrate the intent behind the ban is rooted in "religious animus".

George Conway, husband of presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway, scolded President Donald Trump in a tweet Monday morning following Trump's series of Twitter messages blasting the legal dispute over his travel ban.

"If you're going to see something and say something, it has to be followed by, do something", she said.

Early in his presidency, the White House refused to call Trump's original executive order a "travel ban".

"Look, I don't think the president cares what you call it, whether you call it a ban, whether you call it a restriction".

Fresh from reigniting for his Travel Ban argument and his spat with London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, following Saturday's deadly terror attack at London Bridge, US President Donald Trump returned to Twitter Monday morning spoiling for a Supreme Court fight to resurrect his ban.

Trump, his lawyers said, was now a changed man, alert to the burdens and responsibilities of his office.

Trump says the Justice Department should ask for an "expedited hearing" on the second ban and "seek much tougher version!" He also said his administration should seek a "much tougher version" of the ban.

The president has intensified his push for the travel ban in the wake of the vehicle and knife attack in London that left seven people dead and dozens injured.

White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway defended Trump's tweets following the London attack.

"These tweets may make some (people) feel better, but they certainly won't help (the solicitor-general) get 5 votes in (the Supreme Court), which is what actually matters".

"Sad", he said on Twitter, borrowing a phrase from Trump's own Twitter.

There is a reason lawyers generally insist that their clients remain quiet while their cases move forward, said Josh Blackman, a professor at South Texas College of Law in Houston. "It's simple. Everyone wants to get in the labels and the semantics".

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