Trump Can Be His Own Worst Enemy

White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders talks to the media during the daily press briefing at the White House Monday

White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders talks to the media during the daily press briefing at the White House Monday

While lashing out at the USA court system as "slow and political", he also hammered his own administration for the "watered down" and "politically correct" version of his January 27 executive order that originally restricted citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the US and gave wider berth to the types of visas that could be restricted.

Conway again stressed, however, that the president's tweets "seriously undermine" his own administration's agenda, a point that has also been made by other legal experts.

President Trump tweeted on Monday that he prefers to call the measure a "travel ban" as opposed to "some politically correct term".

"The Justice Dept. should ask for an expedited hearing of the watered down Travel Ban before the Supreme Court - & seek much tougher version!" the president said.

"These are countries that (are) either unable or unwilling to help us validate the identities or backgrounds of persons within their borders".

In a string of tweets Monday (June 5), which appear to have been prompted by the terrorist attacks in London over the weekend, Trump vented his frustration with several court rulings that have blocked his executive order on grounds that it's religiously motivated.

"I don't see that the President is picking a fight with the Mayor of London at all", said spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Still, Dershowitz said he believes Trump's unfettered tweeting will not hurt the Supreme Court case on the travel ban - because there is no literal mention of a "Muslim ban".

"We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people".

"That's right, we need a TRAVEL BAN for certain unsafe countries, not some politically correct term that won't help us protect our people!" he said.

The original travel ban, instituted just a week after Trump was inaugurated, was nothing more than the Muslim ban taken to its illogical conclusion.

One of the voices is George Conway, who recently withdrew from consideration to run Justice's Civil Division.

Lawyers from the Justice Department (DOJ) had been avoiding the ban rhetoric, referring to the policy as the Executive Order or the Order in briefs. They urged the justices to ignore incendiary statements from Trump during the presidential campaign, including a call for a "Muslim ban".

Trump, naturally, misunderstood the comment and assumed Khan was saying that the attack itself wasn't a very big deal.

Right now, federal courts have paused two different versions of the ban while a court battle rages as to whether it's constitutional or not. "If we don't get smart it will only get worse", Trump said.

"When you're a lawyer what you want is your client to stay silent", he said. In court, the lawyers have explained, correctly in my mind, that the second order was crafted to respond to the Ninth Circuit's decision in Washington v. Trump upholding a preliminary injunction on the first order.

The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) - which Conway appears to be referring to - litigates matters for the US government before the Supreme Court.

"To my friends in the United Kingdom: I apologise for this", said Mr Ben Rhodes, a former national security aide to Mr Barack Obama.

If anything, Supreme Court may be more likely to hear the case in light of the tweets, to determine once and for all how far the president's power goes, said Peter S. Margulies, a law professor at Roger Williams.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have said the initial executive order as well as its revision is troubling, particularly because of the consequences of keeping out refugees seeking to escape unsafe situations.

The executive order banned new visas from being issued to people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days and also sought to halt issuances of new refugee admissions from around the world for 120 days. We know that judges - including, I suspect, Supreme Court Justices - will seize on anything to resist this president.

Information for this article was contributed by Sadie Gurman, Julie Pace and Mark Sherman of The Associated Press and by Matt Zapotosky of The Washington Post.

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