A day after a federal appeals court rejected his executive order to ban travel from seven majority-Muslim countries, President Donald Trump said he will introduce “something new” to replace the controversial order.
Mr Trump suffered the embarrassing defeat after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’ unanimous decision to pause the President’s executive order. In response to his second federal court loss in less than a week, Mr Trump furiously told the court he would “SEE YOU IN COURT,” via Twitter.
During a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Mr Trump told reporters that he would announce new security measures as soon as next week. It remains unclear if the new measures would be separate from the controversial executive order that currently hangs in limbo.
“Safety is one of the reasons I’m standing here today, the security of our country,” Mr Trump said at a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “So, we’ll be doing something very rapidly having to do with additional security for our country. You’ll be seeing that sometime next week.”
He added: “We will continue to go through the court process, and ultimately I have no doubt that we’ll win that particular case.”
Mr Trump did not provide particulars to how he would reintroduce his order or provide these extra security measures.
Citing what he’s learned during his first weeks as president, Mr Trump said: “There are tremendous threats to our country. We will not allow that to happen, I can tell you that right now.”
The executive order is the product of Mr Trump’s hard-line immigration rhetoric that began during his campaign. He initially announced the idea as a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States”, described in a statement that is still on the Trump campaign website.
After a critical backlash, Mr Trump shifted the apparent shutdown to include so-called “extreme vetting” when processing refugees from Muslim-majority coming to the US – despite the fact that refugees already go through a rigorous vetting process involving multiple US agencies.
Manifested as an executive order, the travel ban singled out immigrants, refugees, and travellers from seven countries – Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Syria, Libya, Sudan, and Somalia – originally identified by the Obama administration in a 2015 revision to the visa waiver program. The program allowed refugees from 38 countries to enter the US without visas for up to 90 days. President Obama excluded the seven countries from that list, but did not outright ban migration from those areas.
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