WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump expressed confidence on Friday that his order would be upheld by the courts, and promised to introduce additional national security steps next week.
Trump’s executive order banning entry to the United States by refugees and by citizens of seven Muslim-majority was put on hold by a federal judge in Seattle last week, and that suspension was upheld by an appeals court in San Francisco on Thursday.
The White House is not ruling out the possibility of rewriting Trump’s Jan 27 order in light of the court actions, an administration official said.
Trump’s order barred people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering for 90 days and all refugees for 120 days, except refugees from Syria, who are banned indefinitely.
“We are going to do whatever’s necessary to keep our country safe,” Trump said during a White House news conference with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The Republican president did not answer directly when he was asked whether he would sign a new travel ban. “We’ll be doing something very rapidly having to do with additional security for our country. You’ll be seeing that sometime next week,” Trump added.
He did not make clear whether he was talking about a redrafted travel ban directive or some other initiative. The president, who has made extensive use of executive action that bypasses Congress since taking office on Jan 20, said his administration would also continue to go through the court process.