Still Swinging for the Fences — Trump Travel Ban


After Sunday's terror attack in London, the president took to the social media messaging service before dawn on Monday morning to announce that he wanted to return to his original travel ban barring citizens of seven Muslim majority nations from entering the U.S.

On Monday, he slammed his Justice Department on Twitter for what he views as a "watered down" version.

With a single tweet Monday, Donald Trump undid the efforts of White House aides who have argued that his executive order restricting immigration from several countries is not "a travel ban".

Trump also seemingly put to rest a debate on what his executive order should be called, particularly after his administration insisted it is not a travel ban.

The president's messages "may make some people feel better", but they will not help the administration achieve its goal of getting the Supreme Court to rule in its favor, George Conway said in a Twitter message.

For those who don't know, George Conway is a lawyer at the NY firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen, & Katz.

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Conway, who almost became a top Trump appointee at the Justice Department, later said that his criticism was a form of tough love for the president. Both orders, aimed at temporarily halting entry to the US from a half-dozen Muslim-majority countries, have been blocked by the lower courts. The courts are slow and political!' "We don't need the help but will take it!" attorney Neal Kaytal wrote on Twitter.

He followed that tweet up with more posts to state that revisions to the travel ban are "watered down" and "politically correct".

Meanwhile on Monday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, answering questions from reporters about why Trump was publicly contradicting his aides, did her best to dodge the issue, telling reporters that Trump "isn't concerned with what you call it", and that he was only anxious about protecting Americans.

Opponents of the travel ban must file a response to the government's latest request by next week. "We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love deeply our people".

However, Trump contradicted her when he tweeted hours later.

'The president is very focused on exactly what that order spells out, and that's protecting Americans, protecting national security, and he has every Constitutional authority to do that through that executive order, and he maintains that and that position hasn't changed in the slightest'.