Trump ‘terribly confident’ he’ll win travel-ban case
President Donald Trump said Friday he’s “terribly confident” his administration would prevail in an ongoing legal fight over his seven-nation travel ban, and hinted he is preparing to “rapidly” take more action to enhance national security within a week.
“Ultimately I have no doubt that we will win that particular case.” said Trump, appearing at a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “One of the reasons I’m standing here today [is] the security of our country. The voters felt I would give it the best security.”
Meanwhile, “We’ll be doing something very rapidly having to do with additional security,” Trump continued, without specifying. “You’ll be seeing that sometime next week.”
It was his first remarks since a three-judge panel of the California-based U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday unanimously rejected the Trump administration’s request to drop a lower-court ruling suspending the White House travel ban.
Just days after he was inaugurated, Trump signed an executive order enacting a sweeping ban on U.S. entry for refugees, immigrants and travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries. The president said the ban is necessary to protect the nation from a terrorist attack, but the states of Washington and Minnesota successfully sued to temporarily block the order.
Several other states around the country have also challenged the order in federal court.
In the brief press conference, Trump said he has “learned tremendous things” during his brief time in office, and he signed the ban “because I saw what was happening,” apparently referring to classified national security briefings.
Though he declined to specify what he plans to do next week, Trump pledged to do “whatever is necessary to keep our country safe.”