While members of the Trump administration have tried to downplay his immigration executive order as simple vetting to keep the country safe, the president himself doubled down Monday on what he considers the order to be, the Hill reports. In an initial tweet Saturday that has since been criticized for politicizing the London terror attacks, Trump noted we need to be "smart, vigilant and tough" and that we need "the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!" The Washington Post notes Trump now wants to expedite a Supreme Court hearing on his executive order, which has already been stymied in both its original and revised forms. Trump is apparently disregarding legal issues that may arise from once again using the term "travel ban," which partly led various US district court judges to halt his plan to keep nationals from six Muslim-majority nations out of the US.
Trump on Monday showed no sign of retreating from this tack, taking to Twitter to reaffirm his belief in his original immigration strategy. "People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!" he tweeted. He also said the Justice Department should be pushing for a "much tougher version" of the ban, not the "watered down, politically correct" version that was put before the Supreme Court. "In any event, we are EXTREME VETTING people coming into the U.S. in order to help keep our country safe," he tweeted. "The courts are slow and political!" The ACLU alluded over the weekend to the possible legal issues Trump may be conjuring by continuing to throw the "travel ban" phrase around after his team tried to walk it back, noting in a tweet: "Glad we both agree the ban is a ban."