Judge halts revised travel ban; Trump blasts it for making “us look weak”
Just hours after a federal judge in Hawaii blocked what President Trump called a “watered-down version” of his travel ban, the President assailed the ruling as unprecedented judicial overreach that “makes us look weak.”
To the cheers of supporters at a rally in Nashville, Tennessee, Trump vowed to contest the ruling all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary.
U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson said there was only “questionable evidence supporting the government’s national security motivation” for Trump’s executive order, which temporarily bars refugees and the issuance of new visas to travelers from six Muslim-majority countries. “The illogic of the Government’s contentions is palpable,” Watson wrote. “The notion that one can demonstrate animus toward any group of people only by targeting all of them at once is fundamentally flawed.”
The state of California is a co-plaintiff in a different federal suit challenging the revised order, and filed an amicus brief against the Trump administration in the Hawaii case.