- Category: The Headrush
- Published on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 17:54
President Donald Trump harshly criticized arguments against his temporary travel ban on Wednesday, discounting a legal challenge to the order as anti-security and lambasting the federal judicial system that's weighing it as overtly political.
Seeking to lend his own legal argument for the order banning travel from certain Muslim-majority countries, Trump insisted that US president's have wide authority to determine who may enter the United States.
As he read from US immigration law, the President declared that even a "bad high school student" could understand the language and find in his favor.
"I think it's sad, I think it's a sad day," Trump told a group of major city police officers and sheriffs in Washington.
On Tuesday evening, a federal appeals court heard arguments in the legal battle over the travel ban. The California-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will decide soon whether to reinstate the executive order. Until then, his order that temporarily bars all refugees from entering the country, and all immigration from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, is halted.
"I watched last night in amazement and I heard things that I couldn't believe, things that really had nothing to do with what I just read," Trump said during his event Wednesday morning in Washington.
He even offered criticism for his own Justice Department defense, saying: "I listened to lawyers on both sides last night and they were talking about things that had nothing to do with it."