Shun political correctness, implement travel ban, says Trump

A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment.

The inconsistency put White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders in a delicate spot Monday afternoon as questions streamed in about why Trump was contradicting his aides.

The narrower order temporarily halts entry to the United States from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen and claims it is necessary to protect national security.

Trump's suggestion that changes to the ban - which, among other things, temporarily restricts travel to the United States from several Muslim-majority countries - were due to political correctness could hamper his administration's legal argument that the executive order did not target Muslims.

Challengers could read his statements Monday morning as intent to disfavor Muslims in the ban, a point that has doomed the executive orders in court so far.

In the meantime, Trump's tweets about the ban have raised brows legal circles.

"Ironically, it makes more hard the very thing that Trump was demanding: the reinstatement of his immigration order", Turley said.

Trump said in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network shortly after signing the first ban that it would help Syrian Christians fleeing the country's civil war, a comment lawyers challenging the ban have pointed to as a sign it meant to favour Christians over Muslims.

Those tweets undermine an earlier statement by Trump's communications team, and emphasize the struggle with communicating for a President who is known for his off-the-cuff ability to reach out to his followers directly on Twitter.

We suppose the good news is that there are more effective security strategies than this temporary travel ban - better vetting, for example, which the ban was supposed to provide time to accomplish - so even if Justice Neil Gorsuch writes the unanimous majority opinion striking it down, Trump won't be out of options.

"We shouldn't start down the road of psychoanalyzing what people meant on the campaign trail", acting solicitor general Jeffrey Wall told judges at a recent court hearing in the 9th Circuit.

The husband of senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway is taking to Twitter to criticize President Donald Trump's tweets about the administration's travel ban that has been blocked by federal courts and is now in front of the Supreme Court. "It's real simple. Everybody wants to get into the labels and the semantics of it, but the bottom line is he's trying to protect the citizens of this country", she said. Second, the Justice Department is part of his administration, and its primary function is to defend his policies, not to create policies.

He added, "The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to S.C". Trump repeatedly and defiantly uses the word "ban" when his administration has instead sought to call it a pause. "I think we ought to go back to the first (ban), and go all the way".

Lawyers working to keep the travel ban off the books seemed to agree. That order is now facing its own legal challenges. Katyal wrote in his own Twitter post.

In an appearance on NBC's "Today Show", Conway said people should pay attention to what the president is doing, saying people in England had tried to inform authorities about the terrorists before the attacks happened. Both orders, aimed at temporarily halting entry to the USA from a half-dozen Muslim-majority countries, have been blocked by the lower courts.

  • Larry Hoffman