Trump lashes out at DOJ over travel ban legal strategy

The Latest: Trump contradicts homeland security secretary

Conway said the outcome at the high court "is what actually matters".

Judges on the Fourth and Ninth Circuit appeals courts weren't buying that argument before.

In other words, Trump's lawyers will have to convince the Supreme Court that a temporary ban is still necessary even though it was supposed to expire nine days ago.

Last week, his administration rolled out new policies for those seeking a U.S. visa, asking for the social media handles they have used over the last five years and biographical information going back 15 years.

Conservatives, meanwhile, were warning the tweets could undermine the administration's legal case. The Supreme Court rarely grants emergency requests.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Monday that Trump "wants the strongest executive order out there" and that "extreme vetting is taking place". She said she was not aware of any vetting of his tweets by lawyers or aides.

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!

"To the extent that the government has taken a position. and that position is at odds with what the president has said, it presents a challenge that the Department of Justice will have to deal with", said Alberto Gonzales, who served as President George W. Bush's attorney general a decade ago. This guy is president of the United States?

Trump's tweets show that he backed away, against his better judgment, from a comparatively draconian ban in favor of a milder one.

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

Government lawyers have sought to convince judges that they should not consider the president's statements but instead limit their analysis to the text of the ban.

The statements President Trump issued on Twitter in recent days lead to a chilling conclusion: The man is out of control. "A ban would mean people can't get in".

The restriction did not apply to non-Muslim citizens of these countries.

"The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to S.C.", Trump said. In addition to creating possible headaches in court, that misstates the process. As though the Justice Department weren't part of his administration.

Conway, who almost became a top Trump appointee at the Justice Department, later said that his criticism was a form of tough love for the president.

The Trump administration had withdrawn its initial travel ban, which did not make clear that existing visa holders could enter the country and also included Iraq on the list of banned countries, after it too was blocked by the courts.

"No reason to be alarmed", Khan said, describing a more visible presence as "one of things the police and all of us need to do to make sure we are as safe as we possibly can be".

"We don't need the help but will take it!"

At issue before the top court is whether the travel curbs violate the US Constitution's ban on religious discrimination by targeting Muslims. To overcome the legal hurdles, he replaced it with a new order in March. He previously had commented via a series of Twitter posts Saturday. Calling the courts "slow and political" is beyond the pale. "Both of the travel bans raised complex legal questions, but these new tweets force me to ask one simple question: What is the president thinking?"

That, effectively, is what President Donald Trump posted on Twitter on Monday morning.

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