Critics say Trump tweets may undercut legal case

Trump: 'I'm calling it a travel ban and we need original order not watered down version'

As commentators considered how a "normal" USA president might behave in the aftermath of an attack like the one that struck London on Saturday, many argued that President Donald Trump's response, which took the form of a "Twitter barrage", constitutes a flawless example of "not normal".

Those who oppose the travel ban said Trump's Tweetstorm, ironically, helps their case.

OSG refers to the Office of the Solicitor General, which is who will have to argue the case before the Supreme Court. As legal challenges mounted, the administration released a revised version of the order in March, which was subsequently and successfully challenged in court.

The administration filed emergency applications with the justices seeking to block lower court rulings that went against Trump's order barring entry for people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days while the US government implements stricter visa screening.

The brief said the order did not violation the Constitution's ban on the government favoring or disfavoring any particular religion or its guarantee of due process. "He cares that you call it national security and that we take steps to protect the people of this country". He called the courts, which have blocked both versions of the travel ban, "slow and political".

But the following morning, Trump got onto Twitter and said he had an "absolute right" to share information about "terrorism and airline flight safety". "It makes it harder to argue this is not a Muslim ban, and more importantly, it makes it harder to argue that the president's statements should be irrelevant".

Trump says the Justice Department should ask for an "expedited hearing" on the second ban and "seek much tougher version!" If the justices do, they may not like what they see. But Trump on Monday was having none of it.

He pounded the point home Monday night, tweeting, "That's right, we need a TRAVEL BAN for certain risky countries, not some politically correct term that won't help us protect our people!" They replied that they had stopped, which contradicts Trump's Monday tweet.

Yet the president on Monday said the order was exactly that.

Trump tweeted about the ban following Saturday's terror attacks in London. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.

"Sad", he said on Twitter, borrowing a phrase from Trump's own Twitter.

Trump has the authority to order the Justice Department to pursue a different strategy.

It's unclear whether the president has conveyed his requests to the Justice Department, which he oversees, in a forum other than Twitter. The Justice Department declined to comment.

In a White House news briefing shortly after the barrage of Trump's tweets on the travel ban, Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said communicating via social media is "really important" for the president because it gives him a way to communicate "that isn't filtered through media bias".

After that order was struck down, the administration chose to write a second directive rather than appeal the initial ban to the Supreme Court. The narrower order temporarily halts entry to the USA from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen is necessary to protect US national security.

The President's tweets are powerful, and in the political arena he can probably use 140 characters to bolster his case.

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