Trump Says He Will Introduce a New Travel Ban Next Week
U.S. President Donald Trump says his administration will release a new executive order on immigration next week to — in his words — “comprehensively protect our country.”
Trump’s original order restricted immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. It led to massive protests and was put on hold by a federal appeals court.
“The new executive order is being tailored to the decision we got down from the court,” Trump said at a news conference at the White House on Thursday, referring to an appeals court decision that confirmed a temporary stay on the original executive order.
“We can get just about everything, in some ways more, but we’re tailoring it to the decision.”
Trump tweeted “SEE YOU IN COURT!” after that ruling. His administration said it would immediately appeal — and either revise its original executive order or write a new one.
But nearly a week has gone by without action from the White House.
Trump isn’t saying what the new order would do.
During his press conference, Trump also said his ousted national security adviser was “just doing his job.”
Trump recounted why he asked Michael Flynn for his resignation.
The president says at a news conference that he was “not happy” with how information about Flynn’s phone call to a Russian diplomat was relayed to Vice-President Mike Pence.
But Trump says what Flynn did “wasn’t wrong” — and after that, Trump is calling attention to what he says is “classified information that was given illegally.”
Trump also says he’s got someone good to replace Flynn, which made the decision to let him go easier.
Trump added that his administration is running like “a fine-tuned machine.”
But evidence points to the contrary.
Trump says at the news conference that he turns on the TV and opens the newspapers and sees “stories of chaos.”
He says the truth is that “it is the exact opposition.”
Trump said his administration “is running like a fine-tuned machine despite the fact that I can’t get my Cabinet approved.”
Trump’s comments come amid a period of apparent dysfunction at the White House marked by leaks, division and several high-profile exits.
Just this week, his top national security aide and his pick for labour secretary were ousted.
- The Associated Press