President Trump on travel ban hold: “If something happens, blame (the judge)”

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 3: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump pauses while signning Executive Orders in the Oval Office of the White House, including an order to review the Dodd-Frank Wall Street to roll back financial regulations of the Obama era February 3, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Aude Guerrucci - Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump spent the weekend at his Mar-A-Lago estate in Florida, disconnected from White House staff and once again tweeting attacks on a federal judge.

His ire was aimed at US District Judge James Robart, who last week put a nationwide hold on President Trump’s executive order barring citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for 90 days, all refugees for 120 days and indefinitely halts refugees from Syria.

“Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!” the President wrote, not just attacking the decision but going after the judge who may yet make more decisions on the matter.

This came after a Saturday tweetstorm where President Trump called Robart a “so-called judge.”

People close to the White House said over the weekend that President Trump’s attacks will be a problem — particularly as his administration shepherds his Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch toward confirmation.

“No one was happy the President attacked the judge,” one official said.

And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” its not the best idea to attack judges.

“I think it’s best not to single out judges for criticism. We all get disappointed from time to time,” he said Sunday, before President Trump’s latest tweet.

Despite that feeling, President Trump did it again Sunday, tweeting that Robart deserves blame for putting the United States “in peril.”

He then added: “I have instructed Homeland Security to check people coming into our country VERY CAREFULLY. The courts are making the job very difficult!”

The incident recalls President Trump’s attacks on the campaign trail on Judge Gonzalo Curiel, an Indiana-born judge with Mexican ancestry, who President Trump accused of making rulings in the Trump University class action lawsuit because he is “Mexican.”

“We are building a wall. He’s a Mexican,” President Trump told CNN’s Jake Tapper during the campaign. “We’re building a wall between here and Mexico.”

3 comments

  • deleted again

    The President is trying to get a handle on crime. All the criminals are looking out for their partners in crime.

  • Andy G

    I can see wanting to help people, but help the people of this country first, and keep it safe. Does anyone even care that we have homeless veterans in this country, people who put there lives on the line for you people, to protect america. But now you want to put us all at risk by letting people from other country’s that hate our country just come in unchecked, sounds purty stupid to me.

  • lovin2017sofar

    So for year after year it seems in the USA the criminals have gotten more help and leeway then the victims of their crimes; from a 12 year old jacking a car (repeatedly) 12 year olds stabbing their friend, 14 year old beating his grandma to death, college swimmers walking away from rapes, on and on the list goes. Cannot control the inside so you should at least make an attempt to control who comes in. There are good people and bad people. Let the USA try to be Proactive by vetting new people, people that go back and forth alot (sometimes they can be used without them even knowing it) instead of Reactive when some illegal, or not properly vetted does a terrible thing. We as a nation have web sites to “vet” home contractors, baby sitters, even where to get the best burger, so why not protection as well?!

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