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Trump Fires Back at Chief Justice Roberts

President calls federal appeals court rulings so biased they're 'shocking'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2018 3:47 PM CST
President Trump in a file photo.   (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

(Newser) – It didn't take long for President Trump to respond to a rare rebuke from the chief justice of the Supreme Court. After John Roberts criticized the president for belittling a federal judge who ruled against the White House, Trump took to Twitter to make his case. "Sorry Chief Justice John Roberts, but you do indeed have 'Obama judges,' and they have a much different point of view than the people who are charged with the safety of our country," he wrote. Trump also continued his criticism in particular of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, which is based in San Francisco. Trump asserted that the court tilts to the left so much that opponents of his polices make a point to file appeals there.

If the court were truly independent, they "why are so many opposing view (on Border and Safety) cases filed there, and why are a vast number of those cases overturned," he asked. "Please study the numbers, they are shocking. We need protection and security—these rulings are making our country unsafe! Very dangerous and unwise!" Earlier, Roberts took issue with the president's criticism of 9th Circuit Court Judge Jon Tigar, who ruled against the White House plan to stop asylum-seekers at the border. Trump called Tigar an "Obama judge." The 9th has blocked multiple Trump initiatives on immigration and national security, notes the Hill. (Read more John Roberts stories.)

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