President Trump signs an executive order on March 7, 2017. (Image Credit: The White House)
WASHINGTON D.C. — An early-morning tweetstorm from President Trump is threatening to undermine his own Solicitor General’s argument in front of the Supreme Court.
In a series of tweets this morning, Trump said that despite his staff’s public comments that his immigration executive order wasn’t a ban on muslims, it was a ban, and he said that he preferred the first one, not the second one, which he called “a watered-down version.”
In arguments before lower courts, the U.S. has been arguing that it isn’t a ban on muslims, just a policy of extreme vetting, though these tweets clearly go against that.
In a tweet, Neal Katyal, one of the lawyers arguing against the ban, said “Its kinda odd to have the defendant in HawaiivTrump acting as out co-counsel. We don’t need the help but will take it!”
Also weighing in was George Conway, a prominent D.C. Lawyer who is married to Senior Advisor Kellyanne Conway, who wrote in a tweet “These tweets may make some ppl geel better, but they certainly won’t help OSG get 5 votes in SCOTUS, which is what actually matters.”
President Trump’s comments are along the lines of those that he made over the weekend after the terrorist attack in London. In the aftermath of those attacks, he tweeted “We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the travel ban as an extra level of safety!”
Briefs for the Supreme Court are expected to be submitted next week. There is no timetable for oral arguments in front of the court.