'No place in a democracy' for Donald Trump's attacks on judges

President Donald Trump's administration asked a USA appeals court on Tuesday to rule a federal judge was wrong to suspend a temporary travel ban imposed on people from seven Muslim-majority countries and all refugees.

Furthermore, the judges agreed with the state of Washington that Trump's past support for a "Muslim ban" may be used as evidence of discrimination in the executive order.

Naturally, the president responded shortly after with an all-caps anger tweet, saying, "SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!".

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled against the Trump administration and upheld a Seattle court ruling that blocked implementation of the ban.

The Republican president, now in his third week in office, said even "a bad high school student" would think he was right about his reading of the law which he read out loud with comments interspersed.

When asked to point to evidence that the seven countries affected - Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen - present a risk to the USA, he said a number of Somalis in the United States had been connected to the al-Shabab group.

Trump has defended the measure, the most divisive act of his young presidency, as necessary for national security. And they said the administration presented no evidence that any foreigner from the seven countries was responsible for a terrorist attack in the US. Opponents also assailed it as discriminatory against Muslims in violation of the U.S. Constitution and applicable laws.

The executive order temporarily banned entry for all refugees and visitors from seven mainly Muslim countries, until it was halted last week.

His executive order to ban almost all travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries, which prompted widespread protests, was temporarily halted after eight days by federal judge James Robart in Seattle.

The court is expected to hand down a ruling within the week, after which both parties can appeal against the decision to the Supreme Court.

Twitter, Uber, Google and Apple were among almost 100 companies that filed a friend-of-the court brief arguing against Trump's executive order.

The states said Trump's travel ban harmed individuals, businesses and universities.

The Justice Department could head to the Supreme Court, which remains one justice short, to intervene.

  • Audrey Hill