Did Kellyanne Conway's husband just turn against Trump?

Monday, after spending the weekend using social media to reignite his gratuitous fight with the mayor of London over terror attacks, he took to Twitter to severely damage the legal defense for his executive order banning travel to the US from six majority-Muslim countries.

What Trump said in his presidential tweets on Monday, though, ran counter to what his lawyers have been saying in court.

Even George Conway, a prominent D.C. lawyer who recently took himself out of the running to lead the Justice Department's Civil Division and the husband of top Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, posted on Twitter that the remarks might hurt the legal case. "In any event, we are EXTREME VETTING people coming into the U.S.in order to keep our country safe. The courts are slow and political", he tweeted.

White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday afternoon Trump "absolutely" supports the current travel ban. "He cares that we call it national security and that we take steps to protect the people of this country".

In a series of morning tweets, Trump said the Justice Department "should have stayed" with the first travel ban executive order. The Supreme Court would not be the body to enact a ban; they are merely weighing whether Trump's order can pass constitutional muster.

After President Trump's first executive order was blocked, the president signed a second one, imposing a ban on travel from Iran, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen for 90 days.

President Trump has previously used the phrase "watered down" to describe his revised executive order.

"These are countries that (are) either unable or unwilling to help us validate the identities or backgrounds of persons within their borders". "We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!"

Trump's statement contradicts assurances from White House officials that the measure does not amount to a travel ban.

As Garrett Epps noted in the Atlantic, Trump had undermined the arguments of his own acting solicitor general, including the assertion that the revised order represents the president's own considered judgment about the needs of national security and is not a Muslim ban or a ban of any kind.

Bloomberg legal expert Noah Feldman - a professor of constitutional and worldwide law at Harvard University and a former clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter - wrote in a new column that Trump's tweets do harm his case, first by contradicting the lawyers defending his order and by insulting the judiciary, and second by suggesting that the second executive order is a legal maneuver to accomplish the goals of his first executive order.

The lawyer for the challengers in the Ninth Circuit pointed to Trump " s tweets as evidence that the ban is discriminatory. To be more precise, his own White House Counsel should bear whatever responsibility exists for the fact that the President signed the order.

In the wake of the London terror attacks that left at least seven people dead and dozens more injured, Trump slammed Mayor Sadiq Khan in two tweets in which he misconstrued a statement from Khan. The order however was widely criticized, including by human rights activists and USA states led by Democrats.

  • Leroy Wright