Monday, 26 June, 2017

What Does Trump Gain By Attacking His Own Justice Department on Twitter?

Trump: 'I'm calling it a travel ban and we need original order not watered down version' Trump urges tougher US travel ban, expedited court review
Theresa Hayes | 07 June, 2017, 05:30

One of the most reliable patterns of Donald Trump's presidency may be his ability to undercut his own aides - even mere hours after they attempted to defend him.

The administration filed emergency applications with the justices seeking to block lower court rulings that went against Trump's order barring entry for people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days while the US government implements stricter visa screening.

Trump argues the ban is crucial for safeguarding American security, and he has intensified his push for it in the wake of the weekend vehicle and knife attack in London that left seven people dead and dozens injured. The courts are slow and political!

In the same series of tweets on Monday morning, Trump doubled-down on his call for a "travel ban", affirming what lawyers and activists have argued all along: that his proposed restriction on immigration from a number of Muslim-majority countries amounts to a ban on Muslim immigration to the United States.

President Donald Trump lashed out at his own Justice Department Monday for seeking the Supreme Court's backing for a "watered down, politically correct version" of the travel ban he signed in March instead of pursuing a broader directive that was also blocked by the courts.

Those who oppose the travel ban said Trump's Tweetstorm, ironically, helps their case.

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

In court, DOJ lawyers were asked if the White House was proceeding with drafting the vetting measures.

Yet the president on Monday said the order was exactly that.

Conway had been considered for at least two high-ranking Justice Department jobs, including solicitor general, the government lawyer who represents the president at the Supreme Court.

Hoping to shore up the order's legal underpinnings, both the White House and Trump's Homeland Security chief have insisted it's not actually a "travel ban", criticizing reporters for mischaracterizing it.

First, Trump launched an attack on London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Sunday, implying that Khan was downplaying the severity of the atrocities.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals as well as the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals have heard arguments for and against the order that aims to prevent citizens from six majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States for a period of 90 days. The original order, which was signed at the end of his first week in office, was hastily unveiled without significant input from top Trump national security advisers or the agencies tasked with implementing the order.

The President's tweets are powerful, and in the political arena he can probably use 140 characters to bolster his case.

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