President Trump Keeps Muddying His Defense of the Travel Ban

That followed tweets earlier Monday on the same topic blaming the Justice Department for a "watered down" version of the ban that Trump signed after his original order was challenged in court.

In a series of early-morning tweets, Trump urged the Justice Department to ask for an "expedited hearing" at the high court and seek a "much tougher version" of the order temporarily blocking travel to the US from a half-dozen majority Muslim countries.

A report in The Hill quoted an opinion from Carl Tobias, a professor at the University of Richmond School of Law, who considers Trump's choice of words unwise: "President Trump could be undercutting his case by admitting that the order is a travel ban, by saying the revised order waters down the first order and by accusing the courts of taking away the people's rights, whatever that means", said Tobias.

Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2017In any event we are EXTREME VETTING people coming into the order to help keep our country safe.

Trump's original executive order banned entry for 90 days to citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. The courts are slow and political! Trump wrote in the first of four tweets over 20 minutes.

That version, which unilaterally revoked the visas of tens of thousands of people from seven Muslim-majority countries, was seen as much harder to defend because it was more onerous and had a provision in the text that seemed created to exempt Christian travelers.

The State Department, the president, everybody else involved, me, now, will express our condolences. "Full stop", Sanders said in response to a question. Instead, he blamed the decision on the Justice Department, which is simply carrying out his order.

The Trump administration has insisted the executive order is not a Muslim ban, and the president has argued the executive order is necessary to protect national security.

Federal courts ultimately ruled against the ban, often seizing upon the President's own statements during the campaign - page after page - to hold that the executive order amounted to a Muslim ban in violation of the Constitution's Establishment Clause. In a tweet posted to George Conway's account, which was verified by the Washington Post, he said that while Trump supporters may be pleased by Trump's tweets, the tweets could make it harder for him to get five votes from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Perhaps homeland security can't get the job done because many top positions remain open. Then he aimed to bolster his Muslim travel ban (which is not supposed to be a Muslim travel ban). Trump tweeted Saturday after the attack. NY lawyer George Conway III, whose wife is White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, wrote that online statements "may make some ppl feel better" but won't help win a Supreme Court majority. Is he referring back to the initial January 2017 executive order, or is he referring to an even tougher version that will be released after the current one winds its ways through the courts?

Next week, those suing are expected to file arguments on the matter with the Supreme Court, and Trump's latest remarks will likely be a part of their briefs, legal experts said.

"The fact is, it's been the same since the beginning, from the first executive order to the second executive order".

What Khan actually said Sunday was that the public had "no reason to be alarmed" about an increased police presence on the streets - not, as Trump suggests, that they should be nonchalant about terrorism.

Trump brought up the call for a travel ban after London experienced a deadly terror attack over the weekend. Hilton chief executive Christopher Nassetta, in an interview with CNBC on Monday, called for a "balanced" approach to foreign tourism that recognizes that the vast majority of visitors to the United States want to come for the right reasons.

  • Leroy Wright