It was earlier reported that Judge James Robart had blocked President Trump’s executive order to ban entry into the US from seven countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen), following a squaring off between Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and federal judges on the executive order from January 27th.
The White House responded swiftly through press secretary Sean Spicer, who in an initial statement said, “At the earliest possible time, the Department of Justice intends to file an emergency stay of this outrageous order and defend the executive order of the president, which we believe is lawful and appropriate. The President’s order is intended to protect the homeland and he has the constitutional authority and responsibility to protect the American people.”
The statement was later revised, with the word ‘outrageous’ omitted.
It took a little while, though, for President Trump himself to comment on Judge Robart’s block, with the world’s media waiting with baited breath for the much-anticipated tweets that followed.
Presumably in reference to the block, the president tweeted “When a country is no longer able to say who can, and who cannot, come in & out, especially for reasons of safety &. security – big trouble!”, before tweeting “interesting that certain Middle- Eastern countries agree with the ban. They know if certain people are allowed in it’s death & destruction!”
President Trump concluded by apparently referring to Judge James Robart as “this so-called judge”, tweeting that the decision will be overturned.
He then tweeted his campaign slogan, “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
The judge’s block does not permanently rescind the president’s executive order, but following the ruling on Friday night, government officials apparently began contacting airlines straight away, instructing them to allow passengers previously unable to travel to fly. Soon after the executive order was signed on January 27th, mass protests broke out at airports across the United States as details emerged, including an indefinite ban on the admission of Syrian refugees to the US (in addition to the 90 day ban on all forms of travel from the seven countries mentioned earlier).
Judge James Robart was appointed by George W. Bush in 2003 and confirmed by the senate 99-0.
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