Trump's Message to the Courts: Even 'A Bad High School Student' Would Understand the Law in Question

By Susan Jones | February 8, 2017 | 11:38am EST
President Donald Trump speaks to the Major County Sheriffs' Association and Major Cities Chiefs Association, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

( - President Donald Trump said he watched "in amazement" last night as attorneys presented oral arguments for and against Trump's executive order pausing immigration from seven chaotic countries where the vetting cannot be verified.

Trump said the language at the heart of the case is so simple and beautifully written, even “a bad high school student” would understand it.

“Because you could be a lawyer, or you don't have to be a lawyer; if you were a good student in high school or a bad student in high school, you could understand this. And it's really incredible to me that we have a court case that's going on so long.”

Trump said the lawyers who presented oral arguments to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals by telephone Tuesday night "were talking about things that had just nothing to do with it.”

Trump began his speech to law enforcement officers on Monday morning by reading the simple provision that gives him the authority to do what he did. He interrupted himself frequently to explain the meaning of the plain words he was reading.  Trump, in effect, was presenting his own oral argument:

“I’m going to read what's in dispute, what's in question,” Trump said, quoting chapter and verse of the federal code titled, “Suspension of Entry or Imposition of Restrictions by the President."

Trump said the statute applies to all presidents and “it was done for the security of our  nation, the security of our citizens…and it couldn't have been written any more precisely. It's not like, oh, gee, we wish it were written better. It's written beautifully,” he said.

He proceeded to read and interpret:

Whenever the president finds that the entry of any aliens; ok, the entry, the entry of any aliens -- or of any class of aliens; so, any aliens, any class of aliens into the United States; so, the entry of people into the United States, let's say, just to be precise, of aliens into the United States.

So any -- whenever the president finds that the entry of any alien or any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States -- right? So if I find as president that a person or a group of people would be detrimental to the interests of the United States -- and certainly there's lots of examples that we have...he may by proclamation and for such period as he shall deem necessary--

Trump interrupted himself: “Now, the only the mistake is, they should have said 'he' or 'she,' but hopefully it won't be a she for at least another seven years…See, I just noticed that, actually. Just noticed it -- I'm saying whoa, this is not politically correct.”

He then resumed his interpretation:

He may by proclamation and for such period as shall deem necessary -- so here it is, people coming in -- suspend the entry of all aliens."

Right? That's what it says. It's not like, again, a bad high school student would understand this. Anybody would understand this -- suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or non-immigrants or impose on the entry of aliens--say you can suspend the aliens, right? Suspend the aliens, very strong -- or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.

Okay, so you can suspend, you can put restrictions, you can do whatever you want, and this is for the security of the country.

Trump said if judges want to boost respect for the courts, “they’d do what they should be doing.”

“When you read something so simple and so beautifully written and so perfectly written...but when you read something so perfectly written and so clear to anybody, then you have lawyers -- and I watched last night in amazement and I heard things that I couldn't believe -- things that really had  nothing to do with what I just read.

"And I don't ever want to call a court biased, so I won’t call it biased. And we haven't had a decision yet. But the courts seem to be so political, and it would be so great for our justice system if they would be able to read the statement and do what's right, and that has to do with the security of our country, which is so important."

Right now – with the ban on hold as the federal appeals court reviewed it -- "we are at risk because of what happened," Trump said.

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