Kelly Says Hold on Trump's Travel Ban Imperiling US Safety

In a series of tweets June 5, U.S. President Donald Trump seemed to express frustration with his own lawyers' efforts to push forward with a revised version of a plan that seeks to temporarily ban travelers and refugees from certain majority Muslim countries, and said the lawyers "should have stayed with the original travel ban".

The tweets really undermine the factual narrative that the president's lawyers have been trying to put forth, which is that regardless of what the president has actually said in the past, the second ban is kosher if you look at it entirely on its own terms.

It was not surprising Monday when Donald Trump lashed out at critics of his travel ban and raged against the courts for blocking his executive order.

If the Supreme Court agrees to take up the government's appeal, it will be the task of Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey B. Wall to defend the President and - if asked about Monday's tweets - to fashion a benign explanation.

Trump's executive order with regard to travel ban for people coming from six Muslim majority countries - Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen - has been shot down by the U.S. judiciary.

He even used the tragedy to huff and puff about how "we must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people".

"People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!"

"In other words, it's important to balance security measures created to keep out people who mean us harm ...with words and actions assuring legitimate travelers that we welcome them and their business".

Neal Katyal, the lead attorney representing one of the states challenging the order, tweeted that the president was helping the attorneys' case.

"People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!" he wrote on Twitter.

Never mind that Trump himself signed the revised order, which was meant to avert legal challenges, and that Justice Department lawyers have repeatedly argued the new policy does not target Muslims.

Some judges have asked why the president's statements, past or present, should matter in deciding the intent of an executive order.

If the Supreme Court backs Trump, the 90-day ban on people entering the U.S. from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen will be revived.

"To second guess your own side in the context of an ongoing fight, using language that is not helpful ... it doesn't make any sense", Schoen, a Fox News contributor, said.

Trump may have thrown opponents a bone in a twitter tirade over the weekend and early Monday morning in the wake of London's terror attacks. In their appeals, Justice Department lawyers have urged the high court to act on an emergency basis to revive the travel order. 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 U.S. want to come for the right reasons.

Despite mounting criticism and concern, the president on Tuesday insisted the tweets he sends from his smartphone are his direct link to the American people. There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order. "If we don t get smart it will only get worse", Trump said. Still, the courts have also blocked that directive.

  • Zachary Reyes