The blocking of Donald Trump’s travel ban on seven mainly Muslim countries is being contested after the US justice department appealed a temporary block of the immigration ban.
Moments after US District Judge James Robart in Seattle on Friday said the temporary restraining order will remain valid nationwide pending a full review of a complaint by Washington attorney general Bob Ferguson, the US president unleashed fiery statements towards the judge who stopped implementation of the order.
Speaking in Florida, Trump said he was sure that the department would win the appeal filed against US District Judge James Robart’s order in Seattle late on Saturday.
“We’ll win. For the safety of the country, we’ll win,” he told reporters at his private Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach.
Speaking after blocking the executive order, Ferguson said; “The constitution prevailed today,” Ferguson said, describing the judge’s decision as historic. “No one is above the law – not even the president.
“I said from the beginning it is not the loudest voice that prevails in a courtroom, it’s the constitution,” he added, pointing out that Robart was appointed by Republican president George W Bush.
Trump’s immigration ban has sparked wide protests in and outside America with the latest reaction coming from the Iran government which has banned the US wrestling team from participating in the Freestyle World Cup in Tehran later this month.
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