Virginia judge OKs new Trump travel ban
A federal judge in Virginia on Friday declined to issue another injunction against President Donald Trump’s second travel ban.
The ruling by Anthony Trenga has no immediate impact, as judges in Hawaii and Maryland have already issued nationwide orders blocking Trump’s second attempt to limit travel from several majority-Muslim countries.
However, the ruling is a small victory for an administration that has been battered in court.
During a March 21 hearing on the case in federal court in Alexandria, Trenga asked whether Trump’s past statements about banning Muslims would forever outweigh “enormous deference” a president is supposed to receive in national security matters.
In his decision, he decided they did not.
“The Court cannot conclude for the purposes of the Motion that these statements, together with the President’s past statements, have effectively disqualified him from exercising his lawful presidential authority,” the judge wrote.