A government judge in Hawaii issued a nationwide order Wednesday evening, blocking President Trump’s ban on travel from parts of the Muslim world.
A government judge in Hawaii issued a nationwide order Wednesday evening, blocking President Trump’s ban on travel from parts of the Muslim world. This is a hard blow to the White House and President Trump as he considered this ban a more watered down version when compared to the first ban that was also rejected.
This is the second time around that the ruling did not go in the favor of President Trump, who has described this policy as being critical for national security. Trumps first attempt to ban travel from a handful of predominantly Muslim countries received a lot of backlash and a government court in Seattle ended it.
Trump had issued the revised more narrower travel ban on March 6, attempting to please the courts by removing some of the most hostile components of the original version.
The judge, Derrick K. Watson of Federal District Court in Honolulu, wrote that a “reasonable, objective observer” would view even the new order as “issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion, in spite of its stated, religiously neutral purpose.”
Trump lashed out at Judge Watson saying: “This ruling makes us look weak, which by the way we no longer are, believe me.”
If Mr. Trump continues to lash out at the judiciary, it could set the stage in an uncomfortable way for Mr. Gorsuch’s (Trumps supreme court nominee) confirmation hearings, which begin next week.