Trump replaces attorney general with conservative judge
Less than 24 hours after sacking Sally Yates as the attorney general of the United States after she defied a Muslim travel ban and ordered government lawyers to stop defending US president’s immigration restriction, Donald Trump has picked 49-year-old conservative judge Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court.
Trump is hoping that the appointment of Gorsuch will restore the court’s conservative majority and shape rulings on divisive issues such as abortion, gun control, the death penalty and religious rights.
Earlier on, Liberal groups had called for an all-out fight to reject Gorsuch, a staunch conservative who is likely to vote “to limit gay rights, uphold restrictions on abortion and invalidate affirmative action programs,” according to a study that analyses the ideologies of potential Supreme Court nominees.
Read also: Trump boots out attorney general for disobeying Muslim travel ban
Meanwhile, Muslim travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries will be singled out for “extreme vetting” as they will face scrutiny of their social media activity and phone records, the new US Homeland Security secretary has said.
John Kelly on Tuesday sought to explain President Donald Trump’s travel ban, four days after he issued it with no warning, setting off mass protests, legal challenges and confusion.
“There are many countries, seven that we are dealing with right now, that in our view and my view don’t have the kind of law enforcement, records-keeping, that kind of thing, that can convince us that one of their citizens is indeed who that citizen says they are,” Kelly said in a press conference.
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