Legal experts to Trump on travel ban: Twitter hurting cause

Posted June 11, 2017

Trump's tweets have put the U.S. 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 USA president loudly proclaims otherwise to his millions of Twitter followers.

Trump issued his initial travel ban by executive order in January, but that measure-which banned entry to nationals from seven countries for 90 days and suspended the nation's refugee program for 120 days-was quickly halted by the courts.

Referred to a "Travel Ban", undermining legal and political arguments by surrogates that his executive orders did not constitute a ban, gutting their efforts to divorce the White House case from candidate Trump's "Muslim ban".

The poll also finds that half of Americans (50%) favor the measure which would temporarily halt travel to the USA from Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen, countries known to have ties to terrorism.

She noted that judges on a number of occasions have declared two executive orders issued by Trump to be unconstitutional.

The constitutionality of that order - which had been revised because his first one failed to pass legal muster - has been found lacking both at the lower and appellate court levels.

Conway's comments came just hours after his wife said in an interview with NBC's "Today" that the news media has an "obsession with covering everything" Trump "says on Twitter and very little what he does as president".

"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's tweet read.

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Neal Katyal, a former acting US solicitor general and the lead attorney representing challengers in a case from Hawaii, weighed in on Twitter that Trump's actions were working in favor of Katyal's case. 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 second version of the ban, in contrast to the first one, did not include citizens of Iraq and modified the provision on Syrian refugees.

"We need to be smart, vigilant and tough", the president tweeted as reports of the violence were coming in.

That's what made her husband's Monday morning tweet so surprising.

Some experts say Trump's comments give an opening for the other side to argue the order is a full-blown ban and that it discriminates based on religion.

That followed tweets earlier Monday on the same topic blaming the Justice Department for a "watered down" version of the ban that Trump signed after his original order was challenged in court. "He's concerned with national security and protecting people in this country", Sanders said.

Trump went on to launch an attack on the March version of his own executive order, calling it "watered down" and "politically correct". The government has said the temporary travel restrictions would free up resources to put tougher screening protocols in place. Zapotosky provided no further explanation as to how "travel ban" conveyed religious bias against Muslims.