President Trump on Saturday morning increased his attacks on the judiciary, declaring on Twitter that “our legal system is broken!”
“Our legal system is broken! “77% of refugees allowed into U.S. since travel reprieve hail from seven suspect countries.” (WT) SO DANGEROUS!” he tweeted, quoting a Washington Times article published Thursday.
Our legal system is broken! “77% of refugees allowed into U.S. since travel reprieve hail from seven suspect countries.” (WT) SO DANGEROUS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2017
Trump has repeatedly railed against judges who have ruled against his executive order on immigration.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday refused to lift a temporary stay on the order that was put in place by a district court last week.
Trump on Thursday night lashed out at the appeals court, tweeting: “SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!”
He earlier in the week called the district judge who first put a temporary restraining order on his actions a “so-called judge.”
The White House has sent conflicting signals on what it will do next in the legal fight. Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on Friday evening said the administration was still considering an appeal to the Supreme Court.
Priebus’s statement came roughly an hour after a White House official said it was not planning to challenge the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling upholding a temporary restraining order blocking the ban.
And Trump himself has said a new order on security could come next week.
Trump’s executive action barred people from seven majority Muslim countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days. The order also temporarily halted refugee resettlement in the U.S., and banned Syrian refugees indefinitely.
Trump’s Saturday morning tweet came while he is hosting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.