Legal experts to Trump on travel ban: Put down the Twitter

Trump Criticized Over London Tweets

US courts have blocked Trump's executive order, which would enact the travel ban for 90 days from six predominantly Muslim countries.

Trump says the Justice Department should ask for an "expedited hearing" on the second ban and "seek much tougher version!"

The administration introduced an executive order shortly after Trump took office placing a temporary halt on travel to the USA from seven predominantly Muslim countries with exceptions for persecuted religious minorities.

The original order, which was signed at the end of his first week in office, was hastily unveiled without significant input from top national security advisers or the agencies tasked with implementing the order. Trump's order restricting entry from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen has been blocked by federal courts and the administration has appealed to the Supreme Court.

Trump's tweets made no mention of his own role in signing the new order and suggested he hoped to enact a tougher policy.

In response, the Justice Department has insisted that courts should ignore campaign statements and focus only on what the president says and does after he's elected.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as he meets with county sheriffs during a listening session in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 7, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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The order however was widely criticised, including by human rights activists and U.S. states led by Democrats.

Trump is urging the Justice Department to seek a more hardline version.

On Monday, Trump called the courts "slow and political". It's unclear whether he actually talked to the Justice Department first or just vented on Twitter.

Taylor added that he does not believe in "targeting Muslims", but from a legal standpoint, he believes the Supreme Court will uphold Trump's ban.

"The president's tweets may help encourage his base, but they can't help him in court", said Jonathan Adler, a professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Trump's tweet renews his mischaracterization of Khan's statement to London residents following a vehicle and knife attack that left seven people dead and dozens injured.

"The president doesn't care what you call it, whether you call it a ban, whether you call it a restriction", spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. In the most recent ruling from the 4th Circuit, for example, the court described Trump's ban as "an Executive Order that in text speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination".

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