Trump's Tweets Threaten His Travel Ban's Chances in Court

Cheryl Sanders
June 6, 2017

The US tourism industry faces the possibility of another "lost decade" of foreign visitors due to President Donald Trump's travel ban, a leading hotel executive said Monday.

"People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!" the president tweeted. He called the courts, which have blocked two versions of the travel ban, "slow and political".

The Department of Justice isn't able to use White House press secretary Sean Spicer's favorite response to reporters' questions about President Trump's more questionable tweets: "The tweet speaks for itself".

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".

The narrower order temporarily halts entry to the United States from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen and claims it is necessary to protect national security. His own Department of Justice (DOJ) was squarely in his presidential sights as he complained bitterly about the languishing state of his revised Travel ban.

Indeed, one of lawyers now fighting the Justice Department in court, Neal Katyal, essentially thanked Trump for the tweets. At issue before the court is whether the travel curbs violate the U.S. Constitution's ban on favoring one religion over another. The first 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. They're thrilled Trump can't stay off Twitter.

Legal challenges to the executive order contend that it amounts to an unconstitutional religious test, something borne from Trump's campaign when he repeatedly called for a Muslim ban. During the campaign, Trump said he could make an exception to his travel ban for Khan, a Muslim.

"The stakes are indisputably high: The court of appeals concluded that the president acted in bad faith with religious animus when, after consulting with three members of his cabinet, he placed a brief pause on entry from six countries that present heightened risks of terrorism", the brief said. The revised order also replaced an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees with a 120-day ban.

Trump also tweeted on Monday that his administration was implementing tougher vetting of would-be visitors to the U.S., adding: "The courts are slow and political!". "We don't need the help but will take it!" The court says any responses to that request must be submitted by June 12. Conway said via twitter that "every sensible lawyer" in the White House counsel's office and "every political appointee at" the Justice Department would agree.

He later clarified that while he stands by his assessment of Trump's tweets, Conway says he still supports the president, his administration and his policies. Omar Jadwat, the ACLU attorney who argued the case before the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, told the Washington Post this morning that the ACLU's legal team is considering adding Trump's tweets to its arguments before the Supreme Court.

Rubin remarked that she has "serious concerns about this president's mental stability" following Trump's reaction to a weekend terror attack in London.

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