The Supreme Court's ruling Tuesday upholding President Donald Trump's travel ban reasserts the president's constitutional authority to determine who comes into the country and "what yardsticks they are measured against," former presidential adviser and Fox News security strategist Sebastian Gorka said Wednesday.
"It means now for the third time we have had the president's right reasserted," Gorka told Fox News' "Fox & Friends."
"Back in the 1950s, 1980s, at the Supreme Court level, it's been patently obvious that the constitutional authority to decide who comes into the country and what yardsticks they are measured against lies with the chief executive."
The countries on Trump's ban list — North Korea, Syria, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Venezuela — were listed from a threat analysis inherited from former President Barack Obama's administration, Gorka noted, and mark "nations where there are active either civil wars or terrorist hotbeds, where the identity of individuals coming into America cannot be adequately confirmed."
Meanwhile, "a lot of money was wasted, and time was wasted" fighting the president's order, said Gorka, but now, "the president's authority is reaffirmed."
Gorka also hit back against contentions from political strategist Steve Schmidt, who argued Wednesday on MSNBC that the travel ban helps achieve Osama bin Laden's goal of separating the West from the Muslim world, according to a Washington Free Beacon report.
Gorka noted he travel ban has nothing to do with Islam, as it does not include the most populous Muslim nations of the world, such as Indonesia and Egypt.
"This person has no idea what they are talking about," said Gorka. "This is about national security. It's about protecting Americans. It has nothing to do with religion."
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