Less than two hours after a federal judge in Hawaii issued a nationwide temporary restraining order on the Trump administration’s revised travel ban, the president slammed the decision as “an unprecedented judicial overreach.”
A day before the executive order was to take effect, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson blocked the limitations on travel and immigration. Watson’s ruling in Hawaii Wednesday noted that “a reasonable, objective observer… would conclude” that the ban “was issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion.”
Speaking Wednesday night at a rally at Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium, President Trump said the court was motivated by “political reasons,” adding that he expected to be “criticized … for speaking harshly about our courts.”
“The order… blocked was a watered-down version of the first order that was also blocked by another judge and should have never been blocked to start with,” Trump said.
He added, “This ruling makes us look weak.”