White House pre­dicts courts will re­in­state travel ban

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

Re­buffed in its bid for a quick re­ver­sal, the White House said Sun­day it ex­pected the courts to reaf­firm Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ex­ec­u­tive power and re­in­state a ban on refugees and trav­ellers from seven pre­dom­i­nantly Mus­lim coun­tries from en­ter­ing the United States.

The case promised to ex­tend into to­day at least, when fresh le­gal fil­ings are due, and ob­servers had no doubt the Supreme Court ul­ti­mately will have a say.

The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals, in a brief or­der overnight, de­nied the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s re­quest to set aside a Seat­tle judge’s rul­ing that put a tem­po­rary hold on the ban na­tion­wide.

The law­suit by Wash­ing­ton state and Min­nesota said Trump’s or­der harmed res­i­dents and ef­fec­tively man­dated dis­crim­i­na­tion. Their lawyers had un­til 2:59 a.m. EST to­day to sub­mit briefs op­pos­ing the gov­ern­ment’s re­quest. The Jus­tice Depart­ment then had a 6 p.m. EST dead­line to re­spond.

“We’ll ac­com­plish the stay and will win the case on the mer­its,’’ Vice-Pres­i­dent Mike Pence said.

Mem­bers of Trump’s Repub­li­can Party scolded him for Twit­ter at­tacks on U.S. District Court Judge James Ro­bart, ap­pointed by Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush, and law­mak­ers ac­cused Trump of step­ping over the line that sep­a­rates the ex­ec­u­tive from the ju­di­ciary. To Trump, Ro­bart is a ”so-called judge” whose “ridicu­lous” rul­ing “will be over­turned.”

“The pres­i­dent can crit­i­cize any­body he wants,” vi­cepres­i­dent Mike Pence said, adding he be­lieves the Amer­i­can peo­ple “find it very re­fresh­ing that they not only un­der­stand this pres­i­dent’s mind, but they un­der­stand how he feels about things.”

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