Trump's tweets have put the United States justice department and his aides in a seemingly impossible position: Trying to characterise the executive order as something other than a "travel ban" while the United States president loudly proclaims otherwise to his millions of Twitter followers.
An earlier version of the president's travel ban proposal was struck down by a Washington state judge and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
However, Trump's tweets in all capital letters refer to the executive order as "a TRAVEL BAN" on "certain risky countries" and said anything short of a ban would jeopardize the safety and security of Americans. "In any event we are EXTREME VETTING people coming into the United States in order to help keep our country safe".
Kelly said that the court injunction on the executive order has prevented his department from temporarily forbidding USA entry to citizens of these nations that were either involved in civil war or were state sponsors of terrorism.
"I don't see that the President is picking a fight with the Mayor of London at all", said spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
"The administration's only chance of winning is not calling it a travel ban", the host said of the revised version, before showing a clip of press secretary Sean Spicer insisting it's not a ban.
Accusing Trump of bias, they said the US President did not take action against those countries due to vested interest, citing his business ties with the Gulf.
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"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!" "It's not a travel ban", according to The Hill, the president has reverted to using the word "ban".
The lawyer then launched into a tweetstorm explaining his views and clarifying that he "VERY, VERY STRONGLY" supports Trump, his administration, policies, the executive order itself, "and of course, my wonderful wife". He also said that "sensible" lawyers in the White House and Justice Department agree with him.
The filing came after the administration asked the high court last Thursday to allow the order to take effect. "President Trump's attack on him is unacceptable". The Justice Department declined to comment. Opponents of the travel ban have until June 12 to submit arguments about why the court should not reinstate the ban while considering the case.
The March directive narrowed the scope of the original order, which was hastily unveiled during Trump's first week in office.
The poll also finds that half of Americans (50%) favor the measure which would temporarily halt travel to the US from Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen, countries known to have ties to terrorism.
After that order was struck down, the administration chose to write a second directive rather than appeal the initial ban to the Supreme Court.
If anything, the Supreme Court may be more likely to hear the case in light of the tweets, to determine once and for all how far the president's power goes, said Peter Margulies, a law professor at Roger Williams.
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