Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

What Does Trump Gain By Attacking His Own Justice Department on Twitter?

What Does Trump Gain By Attacking His Own Justice Department on Twitter?

Trump also continued using the London terror as an excuse to promote his travel bans, which have been refuffed by federal courts.

Trump's revised order bans for 90 days new visas for travelers to the United States from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Last week, the Justice Department filed a petition to the Supreme Court seeking review of a lower court's decision, and to allow the ban to go into effect in the meantime. By insisting that his second Muslim ban is just a "watered-down" version of the original, the president is effectively making his opponents' argument for them.

The president said he would continue to call it a "travel ban" despite efforts to rebrand it as a "temporary pause" or an executive order in light of the challenges the order has faced in both the public sphere and the legal system.

US Senator Ben Cardin, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who opposes the ban, said on Monday Trump's tweets on the issue "clearly shows his intent" and his disdain for the judicial branch.

In the wake of the attacks in London, President Trump took to Twitter to again defend his travel ban.

In a January 31 press briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the president's executive order is "not a travel ban". He also added that the courts are "slow and political!". 'Which is why I said what I said this morning'.

Trump fired off four tweets before 7 a.m. trying to justify his bans, even though no evidence has emerged that they could have stopped any attack similar to the London assaults.

Trump tweeted heavily over the London attacks over the weekend, including one in which he accused London Mayor Sadiq Khan for allegedly telling his constituents to not be alarmed.

"We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas", Trump said at the time.

But in his tweets on Monday, Trump said he did not agree with his Justice Department or with how it characterized what he planned to do.

A request for comment did not immediately get a response from the White House, while the DOJ declined to give any reaction. In a May ruling halting the order, the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals argued that the travel ban "drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination".

Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to the president, also stressed today that Trump's tweets were not administration policy.

"Its kinda odd to have the defendant in HawaiivTrump acting as our co-counsel.We don't need the help but will take it!" attorney Neal Kaytal wrote on Twitter. ISIS later claimed responsibility for it, but that claim has not been verified.

The original order, which was signed at the end of his first week in office, was hastily unveiled without significant input from top national security advisers or the agencies tasked with implementing the order.

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