Trump doubles down on call for 'travel ban'

T TV Tuesday 06/June/2017 12:52 PM
By: Times News Service

U.S. President Donald Trump urged his administration to seek a tougher version of his controversial travel ban proposal on Monday following a weekend attack in London, and pressed for an expedited judicial review by the nation's top court. Lisa Bernhard has more.
On the heels of the deadly weekend attack in London, U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday unleashing a torrent of tweets calling for his travel ban - blaming the U.S. Justice Department for what he describes as its current 'politically correct' version and saying it should 'ask for an expedited hearing of the watered down Travel Ban before the Supreme Court and seek a much tougher version!'
Trump again referring to his executive order blocking travelers from six Muslim majority nations as a 'ban' - as he did in a Saturday tweet just after the attacks - despite press secretary Sean Spicer repeatedly refuting the term, calling it instead 'extreme vetting.'
But 'extreme vetting' is what's currently in place, says Trump in yet another Monday tweet, saying the courts are slow and political.
Lawmakers on Sunday offering renewed opposition to the ban
Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on Senate Intelligence Committee, saying Trump's had plenty of time at this point to evaluate how immigrants are let into the United States and make any improvements that are needed. "If the President wanted 90 days to reexamine how individuals from certain countries would enter the United States - he's had more than 90 days. If there's new procedures put in place, put those procedures in place. Don't continue to call for this travel ban," the senator said.
Federal judges in Maryland and Hawaii suspended the ban, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit agreed with the Maryland judge that the order was discriminatory.
The Justice Department filed two emergency applications with the Supreme Court last week to have the ban reinstated. But the High Court not likely to hear the case until October