Trump Urges Quick Supreme Court Ruling to Reinstate Travel Ban

The Justice Department has called on the Supreme Court to reinstate a temporary travel ban from six predominately Muslim countries - Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

Lower courts placed a temporary stay on the order, and last week the Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to consider lifting the injunctions on the president's revised order.

Potentially making it harder for his lawyers to win at the Supreme Court, Trump again commented on the case on Monday, tweeting complaints that his own administration had issued a "watered down, politically correct version" of an earlier order he signed on January 27 that also was blocked by courts.

"That's right, we need a TRAVEL BAN for certain risky countries, not some politically correct term that won't help us protect our people!", Trump's tweet read.

When his administration rolled out the initial version of his executive order, which the media condemned as a "Muslim ban", Trump described it as "extreme vetting".

"That's right, we need a travel ban for certain unsafe countries, not some politically correct term that won't help us protect our people!"

Trump also said the Justice Department should ask for an "expedited hearing" on the second ban and "seek much tougher version!"

But advisers close to Trump acknowledge that what the President calls his immigration plan - a travel ban, or worse, a "Muslim ban" - matters to the likelihood that it gets past federal courts and the Supreme Court.

His tweets contradict what White House staffers have maintained for months - that the executive order is not a ban.

If the order truly was motivated by a desire to keep our country safe, what actions have been taken to do so? We need the courts to give us back our rights.

Donald Trump attends a campaign event in Wilmington, Ohio, US November 4, 2016.

A key issue before the justices in whether Trump's comments during the 2016 president campaign, including calling for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States", can be used as evidence that his order was meant to discriminate against Muslims. Trump posted in reaction to the weekend terror attack in London.

"The president has his own unique ways of communicating with the American people, and the world", Tillerson said during a visit to New Zealand."And it's served him pretty well, and I don't intend to advise him on how to communicate".

"It's kind of odd to have the defendant in Hawaii vs. Trump acting as our co-counsel". Trump himself signed the executive order imposing the ban. "We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!" The Department of Homeland Security has previously suggested such vetting was taking place, but that, too, seems to undercut the Justice Department's legal position.

"When you hear words like "travel ban" it puts a big chill" on business, James Murren, chief executive of MGM Resorts said Tuesday during a panel discussion at a travel industry conference hosted by New York University.

Supreme Court litigator Andrew Pincus of Mayer Brown said Painter's theory is "entirely speculative".

  • Larry Hoffman