Trump lashes out at DOJ over travel ban legal strategy


"We need to be smart, vigilant and tough", the president tweeted as reports of the violence were coming in. Katyal wrote in his own Twitter post.

Trump's ban, which bars citizens from Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, and Libya who do not now have visas from entering the country for 90 days while the administration reviews its visa policies and bars all refugee entry for 120 days, is now being blocked by federal courts. 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. "He's concerned with national security and protecting people in this country", Sanders said.

Government lawyers argue that this was just campaign trail rhetoric.

Trump undermined those arguments on Monday when he lashed out at what he called a "watered down" and a "politically correct" current version of his original order. "The courts are slow and political!" the United States president tweeted. They point to Trump's promises during his 2016 election campaign for a ban on Muslims as signaling the order's true intent.

"The Justice Dept. should ask for an expedited hearing of the watered down Travel Ban before the Supreme Court - & seek much tougher version!"

President Donald Trump's Twitter tirades on the travel ban may be undermining the legal work of top-notch Justice Department lawyers assigned to represent his administration at the Supreme Court. This "extreme vetting", says Trump, is being done for the safety of the people in the US.

In December of 2015, Trump, then a presidential candidate leading in the polls, called for a "complete and total shutdown" of Muslims entering the United States following a series of coordinated terror attacks in Paris that left hundreds dead. "It's not a travel ban".

The president's attempts to impose a travel ban - much less to build an worldwide coalition against terrorism - aren't helped by his transgressive attacks on a rotating list of targets.

Legal challenges to the ban, including by the ACLU and Hawaii, reject the administration's claim that urgent action is needed to protect Americans from terrorist attacks. And Trump has no one but himself to blame.

Trump "has grown sour on Mr. Sessions", the New York Times reports, "blaming him for various troubles that have plagued the White House".

On Friday, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump's own appointee, addressed an audience at Harvard and celebrated the fact that "the government can lose in its own courts and accept the judgment of those courts".

OSG refers to the Office of the Solicitor General, which is who will have to argue the case before the Supreme Court.

"You can't judge a statute by what people say about it", he said.

It has now been approximately 130 days since President Trump issued the first executive order on January 27, 2017. It's unclear whether the president has conveyed his requests to the department in a forum other than Twitter.