Trump de­rides ‘po­lit­i­cally cor­rect’ ban

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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 –

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