Just last week, President #Donald Trump issued his revised #travel ban in an attempt to move forward with his plans on combating Islamic terrorism. On Wednesday, a federal judge issued a nationwide block on the order in question, and the president wasn't too happy about it.
Trump on travel ban
In the two months that Donald Trump has been in office, the most controversial action that he has taken was signing his "#Muslim ban" executive order. Backlash quickly resulted, which led to a federal judge and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to block the order in question. Just last week, Trump signed a revised travel ban, which was then shot down on Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson of Hawaii. As reported by CNN on March 15, the president addressed the judge's decision during a campaign rally in Nashville, Tennessee.
Trump says new travel ban is "watered down," adds, "I think we ought to go back to the first one and go all the way" https://t.co/IpUi6ifcjN— CNN (@CNN) March 16, 2017
With a cheering crowd behind him, Donald Trump made his way on stage to the applause of those in attendance. At this point, the former host of "The Apprentice" then broke the news to his supporters. "Let me give you the bad, the sad news," Trump told the crowd. "Moments ago, I learned that a district judge in Hawaii, part of the much overturned 9th Circuit Court, and I have to be nice or I'll be criticized for speaking poorly about our courts," he continued. "I will be criticized by the most dishonest people in the world," the president said while motioning to the crowd, and calling the media "fake news."
"A judge has just blocked our executive order on travel and refugees," Donald Trump went on to say, noting, "The order he blocked was a watered-down version of our first order." Not stopping there, the billionaire real estate went on to label the judge's ruling as an "unprecedented juridical overreach," before claiming, "this ruling makes us look weak." In a throw-back to his campaign, Trump claimed that the president, regardless if it's a "he or a she," has the right to suspend travel into the country, and then fired back, "Fortunately it will not be Hillary!" At this point, the crowd went off with a "Lock her up" chant."
As of press time, it's unknown how the White House will handle the new travel ban being blocked by the judge, though Donald Trump did tell the crowd in Nashville that he would like to take his original executive order to the Supreme Court. Moving forward, it's likely that the rift between the political left and right will only continue, with the aforementioned "Muslim ban" being one of the main issues to dominate the debate.