Travel ban critics say Trump is hurting his case
WASHINGTON (AP) — Critics of President Donald Trump’s stalled travel ban say he may have undercut the government’s defense of the measure when he bashed the Justice Department for asking the Supreme Court to review a “watered-down” version of the ban.
In a series of Monday morning tweets, Trump says the Justice Department “should have stayed” with his first executive order aimed at temporarily halting entry to the U.S. from a half-dozen Muslim majority countries.
The revised order narrowed the scope of the original, but both have been blocked by lower courts. The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to reinstate the ban.
Attorneys who sued are saying Trump’s comments will help their case. Law professor Josh Blackman called Trump “the worst client” for the Justice Department’s solicitor general.
The department declined comment.