On Thursday night, Donald Trump got some bad news when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against reinstating his travel ban. On Friday evening, the White House gave conflicting statements on what comes next for the ban.
The Hill reported that a White House official initially stated that the Trump administration does not plan to challenge the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling. One hour later, however, chief of staff Reince Priebus said the White House is considering appealing the ruling to the Supreme Court after a lower court soundly rejected its request to reinstate the order.
Priebus told reporters that “every single court option is on the table, including an appeal of the Ninth Circuit decision on the TRO to the Supreme Court.”
On Friday afternoon, Trump himself said that he plans to move forward with the legal fight and that he would win.
“In addition, we will continue to go through the court process and ultimately, I have no doubt we will win that particular case,” he said.
The president said he is considering having his staff draw up a new version of the order as well.
“We also have a lot of other options, including just filing a brand new order,” he said.
When asked if he would issue a new order, Trump said, “It very well could be. We need speed for reasons of security, so it very well could be.”
Trump suggested that a new order would stick by his core principle that refugees and travelers from countries considered terror threats should be subject to “extreme vetting.”
“New security measures,” he said when asked about potential revisions. “We have very, very strong vetting. I call it extreme vetting and we’re going very strong on security. We are going to have people coming to our country that want to be here for good reason.”
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