Trump derides ‘politically correct’ ban
WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Monday derided a revised travel ban as a “watered down” version of the first, and criticised his own Justice Department’s handling of the case.
In a tweet, Trump called the new ban “politically correct”, ignoring the fact that he himself signed the executive order replacing the first ban with a revised version that targeted six, rather than seven, Muslim-majority countries and that blocked the issuance of new visas rather than revoking current ones.
Trump said the Justice Department should seek a “much tougher version”, and made clear – despite his press secretary’s past remarks to the contrary – that the executive order was a “ban”, not a pause on some sources of immigration or an enhanced vetting system.
“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!” Trump wrote.
The president’s tweets could significantly damage his administration’s effort to restore the ban, which has been put on hold by two federal courts. Washington Post –