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Over the weekend, the ACLU quoted another tweet Trump wrote in reaction to the London attack in which he said "we need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!"

Trump tweeted early Monday morning.

But even though Trump has now stated clearly that his executive order is indeed a "travel ban", the Supreme Court could still rule that such a ban does not discriminate against Muslims, at least based on the Monday statements in which Trump doesn't mention a particular religion to be targeted by the ban.

US President Donald Trump slams US courts regarding his overturned executive order that banned visitors from several Muslim countries: "The courts are slow and political!" In March, Trump signed a second, "watered-down" version of his original executive order after a federal judge in Washington state blocked the order. The latest version, restricting entry into the U.S.by people from six predominantly Muslim countries, also has been put on hold amid arguments it unconstitutionally targets Muslims. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Monday that Trump doesn't care about what it's called and criticized the need to be politically correct. The revised order has also been stayed by the judiciary, and the case has now reached the Supreme Court for a final verdict.

It's also notable that the revised travel ban was authored by Trump's administration and signed by the President himself - his Justice Department's role is defending its legality.

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All of which raises the question: does Donald Trump know the Justice Department works for him, and that he can appoint additional assistant attorney generals?

Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2017In any event we are EXTREME VETTING people coming into the U.S.in order to help keep our country safe.

Outside the courts, the travel ban is a hot political issue.

The Justice Department says President Trump's travel ban "is well within his lawful authority to keep the nation safe".

Last week, the Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to review the judgment of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. During the campaign, Trump said he could make an exception to his travel ban for Khan, a Muslim. Trump begrudgingly scaled back the order by removing Iraq from the list and making the Syria refugee ban only temporary, but that order was blocked by the courts, too.

"It's not a travel ban", White House press secretary Sean Spicer insisted in January.


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