Trump Attacks Judge Again on Travel Ban; Pence Predicts Victory in Courts

President Trump continued to attack a federal judge Sunday who voided his travel ban from seven Muslim majority nations, and said he would demand that homeland security officials give extra scrutiny to people entering the United States from those countries.

“Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril,” Trump tweeted. “If something happens blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!”

While his Justice Department appeals the decision by U.S. District Judge James Robart striking down the ban, Trump also tweeted that he has “instructed Homeland Security to check people coming into our country VERY CAREFULLY. The courts are making the job very difficult!”

Trump took to social media hours after Vice President Pence defended the president’s attack on Robart. Pence also predicted that a higher court would eventually uphold the measure in the name of national security.

“We are going to win the arguments because we’re going to take the steps necessary to protect the country, which the president of the United States has the authority to do,” Pence said on Fox News Sunday, one in a series of news show interviews.

Pence told  ABC’s This Week that Trump was “speaking his mind” when he denounced a “so-called” judge — Robart, who is based in Seattle — for ruling against the travel ban.

Early Sunday, a federal appeals court rejected a request by Trump’s Justice Department to immediately restore the travel ban; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit based in San Francisco said a reply from the Trump administration is due on Monday.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., also speaking on Fox, said Trump exceeded his authority with the order and people are well within their rights to challenge it in court, probably to the highest in the land.

“I have no doubt that it will go to the Supreme Court,” Feinstein said.

Trump criticized Robart in a series of tweets, including this one: “The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!”

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Source: USA Today