President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Saturday morning to amplify his attacks on the judiciary, stating that "our legal system is broken."
Quoting a Washington Times article published Thursday, Trump stated:
"Our legal system is broken! "77% of refugees allowed into U.S. since travel reprieve hail from seven suspect countries." (WT) SO DANGEROUS!"
The tweet adds to his constant battle with judges who have ruled against his executive order on immigration.
After the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the U.S. will remain open to refugees and visa holders from seven Muslim-majority countries, rejecting a bid by the Trump administration to reinstate a travel ban in the name of national security, Trump lambasted the federal appeals courts, calling it "disgraceful" and threatened to "see you in court."
However, aboard Air Force One Friday night, Trump told reporters he is considering issuing a "brand new order" banning citizens of certain countries traveling to the United States.
Trump noted that the order could be issued as soon as Monday or Tuesday
According to a Reuters report Friday, Trump gave no details of any new ban he is considering. He might rewrite the original order to explicitly exclude green card holders, or permanent residents, said a congressional aide familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified. Doing that could alleviate some concerns expressed by the courts.
A new order, however, could allow Trump's critics to declare victory by arguing he was forced to change course in his first major policy as president.
Whether or not Trump issues a new order, his administration may still pursue its case in the courts over the original order, which is still being reviewed by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus told reporters late on Friday that taking the case to the Supreme Court remained a possibility, after another White House official said earlier in the day the administration was not planning to escalate the dispute.
"Every single court option is on the table, including an appeal of the Ninth Circuit decision on the TRO (temporary restraining order) to the Supreme Court, including fighting out this case on the merits," Priebus said.
"And, in addition to that, we're pursuing executive orders right now that we expect to be enacted soon that will further protect Americans from terrorism."
Trump's Saturday morning tweet came as he is hosting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
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