A U.S. appeals court denied late Saturday night a request made by the U.S. Department of Justice to restore President Donald Trump’s executive order that bans citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, as well as all refugees, from entering the United States.
The Justice Department on Saturday filed a formal notice appealing the ruling made by Judge James Robart in Seattle late on Friday.
Judge James Robart’s ruling has created a temporary, but uncertain, window where travelers from the seven countries — Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Libya — may be able to enter the country.
Trump’s administration responded by saying Judge Robart’s decision poses a threat to the public and “second-guesses the president’s national security judgment about the quantum of risk posed by the admission of certain classes of (non-citizens) and the best means of minimizing that risk.”
Trump took to Twitter to voice his condemnation of the ruling and also told reporters Saturday, “We’ll win. For the safety of the country, we’ll win.”
The Justice Department also came out to criticize Judge Robart’s reasoning, saying it had superseded the president’s authority as commander-in-chief.
Judge Robart, in making his decision, questioned the use of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks as the basis for the ban, saying that no one from the seven listed countries had carried out attacks on U.S. soil. He opposed the order, deeming it unconstitutional, saying it had to be “based in fact, as opposed to fiction.”
The executive order, which has been slammed as a “Muslim ban,” targets travelers from countries that have, either militarily or geopolitically, been in U.S. crosshairs for years.