The White House responded to a federal judge halting President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration with a statement, and then released a second one minutes later containing less-aggressive language.
On February 3, U.S. District Judge James Robart ruled that a temporary restraining order nationwide be placed on Trump’s immigration policy that bans citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries–Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen–from entering the United States, The Seattle Times reports. Under the ruling, federal employees are prohibited from enforcing Trump’s executive order. Justice Department attorneys argued that the travel ban was allowed as part of the president’s national-security powers, but Robart rejected their arguments.
“The Constitution prevailed today,” Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who sued to invalidate parts of Trump’s executive order, said following the ruling. “No one is above the law — not even the president.”
The White House responded to the ruling, stating: “At the earliest possible time, the Department of Justice intends to file an emergency stay of this outrageous order and defend the executive order of the President, which we believe is lawful and appropriate. The president’s order is intended to protect the homeland and he has the constitutional authority and responsibility to protect the American people.”
Twelve minutes after the statement was released, it was replaced with another that was missing the word “outrageous,” according to the Daily Mail.
In addition to the official statement by the White House, Trump took to Twitter to express his anger over the judge’s ruling.
“When a country is no longer able to say who can, and who cannot, come in & out, especially for reasons of safety &. security – big trouble!” the president wrote.
“The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!” a second tweet by Trump reads.
Customs and Border Protection has already told major U.S. airlines that it will be reinstating visas.
Sources: The Seattle Times, Daily Mail, Donald Trump/Twitter (2) / Photo credit: Daily Mail, Jim Mattis/Flickr