Published: Fri, June 23, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Half support Trump travel ban

Half support Trump travel ban

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

"Its kinda odd to have the defendant in Hawaii v Trump acting as our co-counsel", Katyal tweeted. They also note the government had not asked the Supreme Court to intervene earlier, when lower courts denied emergency applications seeking to lift the injunctions against the travel curbs.

Those comments came back to haunt him by the time he became president in January, after the courts halted his initial order which banned travel from seven majority-Muslim countries and indefinitely halted entry to Syrian refugees, calling it unconstitutional.

At the heart of the legal wrangling is whether Trump's proposed ban violates the Constitution by discriminating on the basis of religion.

Trump begrudgingly scaled back the order by removing Iraq from the list and making the Syria refugee ban only temporary, but that order was blocked by the courts, too, who stated that his order was "rooted in religious animus and meant to bar Muslims from this country".

Not so, the Justice Department has argued, insisting the temporary ban is based on credible national security concerns unrelated to religion, and his campaign statements should be ignored.

Trump had earlier brewed a storm and invited scathing criticism when he first came up with the idea, during his presidential campaign previous year. 'Which is why I said what I said this morning'.

He further wrote, "The Justice Dept. should ask for an expedited hearing of the watered down Travel Ban before the Supreme Court - & seek much tougher version!" It removed Iraq from the list of nations excluded from immigration after the military said it threatened to sour relations with the country, which is leading efforts to fight the Islamic State in Iraq with the support of a USA -led global coalition.But the revised version has also been stymied in court.Late last week, Justice Department lawyers asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the case."It's kinda odd to have the defendant in Hawaii v Trump acting as our co-counsel".Those social media posts followed one on Sunday in which Trump declared the United States "must stop being politically correct" and do more to protecting its citizens, adding: "If we don't get smart it will only get worse".

CNN reported that early in the administration, White House press secretary Sean Spicer chided reporters for calling Trump's plan a travel ban. But Trump on Monday was having none of it.

Meanwhile, conservative commentator and one-time Trump booster Joe Scarborough mocked the USA president for his tweets on his MSNBC show, calling him a "dope", discussed how the administration was having trouble keeping their story straight on whether it was or was not a "travel ban".

"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", he tweeted.

Trump posted in reaction to the weekend terror attack in London.

"Sad", he said on Twitter, borrowing a phrase from Trump's own Twitter.

Those tweets received some scolding from George Conway, the husband of Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway.

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