Donald Trump has had a tumultuous first fortnight in the White House. Not least because his attempt to implement a travel ban on seven predominantly Muslim countries has been repeatedly thwarted.
The latest impediment to the President’s plans has come from a panel of three judges from the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, who upheld a block on the travel ban from a federal judge in Seattle.
The unanimous decision by the 9th Circuit judges means citizens of the seven countries will still be able to travel to the US, despite the executive order from Mr Trump in January.
The court’s move prompted anger from the White House, with Mr Trump taking to Twitter moments after the court’s decision, roaring in caps lock: “SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!”
Mr Trump’s anger is unlikely to have been alleviated by the reaction of his former rival for the presidency, Hillary Clinton, who also took to the social network to pen a pithy response to the President’s plight.
“3-0”, she tweeted, in apparent recognition of the 3-0 vote by the judges to uphold the block on the travel ban.
The judges’ vote is a major political blow to Mr Trump, whose early days in power have been characterised by a difficult relationship with the judicial branch of government.
In their ruling the judges said: “The government has pointed to no evidence that any alien from any of the countries named in the order has perpetrated a terrorist attack in the United States.”
The statement added: “Rather than present evidence to explain the need for the Executive Order, the government has taken the position that we must not review its decision at all.”
“The public has a powerful interest in national security and in the ability of an elected president to enact policies… the public also has an interest in free flow of travel, in avoiding separation of families, and in freedom from discrimination.”
Mr Trump’s tweet indicates the White House is considering taking its case for a travel ban on the seven Muslim countries to the Supreme Court.
“It’s a political decision, we’re going to see them in court, and I look forward to doing that,” the president told reporters on Thursday. “It’s a decision that we’ll win, in my opinion, very easily.”