Donald Trump has started the week with another angry tweetstorm, when shortly after 6am the President pressed his controversial travel ban plans following Saturday’s latest terror attack in London, calling for an expedited judicial review and urging his administration to seek a tougher version of the proposal, while making it clear that the intention of his blocked executive now being appealed to the Supreme Court, is “a TRAVEL BAN!”
“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!” he tweeted.
“The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to S.C.,” Trump, referring to the U.S. Supreme Court, wrote in a series of tweets on the issue.
He also said the DOJ should ask for an expedited Supreme Court hearing for the “watered down Travel Ban” and then seek a “much tougher version.”
Trump also said his administration is “EXTREME VETTING” people now coming into the U.S. “The courts are slow and political!” he tweeted.
In a series of prior tweets over the weekend which saw the third terrorist attack in London in three months, Trump reignited the debate over the issue of his controversial travel ban, prompting furious reactions from liberals, including a CNN anchor, Reza Aslan, who called Trump a “piece of shit”, a comment for which he later apologized.
In a tweet on Saturday, Trump renewed his call for the courts to approve his executive order, which temporarily bars nationals from six predominately Muslim countries from entering the U.S.
“We need to be smart, vigilant and tough,” Trump said. “We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!”
The Trump administration last week appealed lower court decisions to block the ban to the Supreme Court. In a statement last week, Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said the department had “asked the Supreme Court to hear this important case and [is] confident that President Trump’s executive order is well within his lawful authority to keep the nation safe and protect our communities from terrorism.”