Washington: US President Donald Trump suffered another setback when a federal appeals court didn’t come to his rescue and refused to allow the ban. The response from Trump was ferocious who threatened to face his opponents in the court.
Following his inauguration as the 45th US President, a few decisions that the former real estate tycoon took included blanket ban on the arrival of Muslims from seven Muslim nations. There are reports that he made the vetting more stringent. This may be the reason that a former Prime Minister of Norway was detained at Dulles airport as his passport showed that he had travelled to Iran.
His argument that he had gone to Iran in his capacity as the Prime Minister of a European country, and not in his individual capacity, didn’t cut any ice with the security officials.
Many longtime US citizens have suffered serious humiliation while arriving from a foreign country. This is frustrating for millions and millions of people and this is what has created a groundswell of support to the anti-Trump ban demonstrations.
Meanwhile Trump suffered a major jolt when a three-judge panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that the Trump administration failed to offer any evidence that national security concerns justified immediately restoring the ban. It is needless to say that Trump responded with the same ferocity for which he has come to be known.
In a tweet the US President said, “SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!” many people are guessing as to whom the President was challenging. Was he just shadowboxing?
Later while talking to media Trump said that his administration ultimately would win the case and dismissed the ruling as “political.”
The 29-page ruling of the 9th Circuit, upholding last Friday’s decision by US District Judge James Robart, does not resolve the lawsuit. It relates only to whether to lift an emergency halt to Trump’s order put in place by a lower court. The judges said more briefing would be needed to decide the actual fate of Trump’s order.
It is not surprising that the Trump administration is adamant to challenge the court ruling. The states of Washington and Minnesota challenged Trump’s order, which had sparked protests and chaos at US and overseas airports on the weekend after it was issued. The two states argued that Trump’s ban violated constitutional protections against religious discrimination. Asked about Trump’s tweet, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said: “We have seen him in court twice, and we’re two for two.”
The court cited lack of information for its inability to lift the hold. While the court said it could not decide whether the order discriminated against a particular religion until the case had been “fully briefed,” it added that the states had presented evidence of “numerous statements” by the president “about his intent to implement a ‘Muslim ban.’” The court said the government had failed to show that any person from the seven countries had perpetrated a terrorist attack in the United States.