AG Sessions on SCOTUS Travel Ban Ruling: It’s a ‘Major Slap-Down’ for the Left

By Theresa Smith | June 30, 2017 | 4:28pm EDT

Attorney General Jeff Sessions. (FNC)

( -- When asked about the Supreme Court’s partial ruling on President Trump’s travel ban, U. S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said it “was a major slap down” to the left, and that “we need to be careful before we admit people from” the six countries listed in the temporary ban.

On Friday’s Fox & Friends, host Steve Doocy asked Attorney General Sessions, “Okay, so the travel ban partially went into effect last night. How’s it working out? I know there was some confusion about people who have bona fide reasons to come in, whether it’s relatives, school, work, something like that. I guess the definition of bona fide has been called into question.”

Sessions said, “Well, there’s a little bit, on the margins, some uncertainty, but fundamentally the court rejected this whole narrative of the left, that his orders, the president’s orders, are wrong and unjustified and unconstitutional.”

“It was a major slap-down to them,” said Sessions. “A major rejection of courts that have been -- where plaintiffs [have] gone out and sought favorable jurisdictions to hear these cases. They’ve been rebuked.”

“So I think it was a great victory for the president,” said the attorney general.  “We’re going to focus on these six countries alone, who have, really, failed states with terrorist bases in them.”

“We need to be very careful before we admit people from those countries and the president is exactly correct,” he said.

Fox & Friends’ Brian Kilmeade followed up, “Mr. Attorney General, a lot of people were frustrated that it was challenged in the courts initially. It went to the Supreme Court. Nine nothing, they affirmed the executive privilege in something like this.”

Giving an example of left-wing protest of the travel ban, Kilmeade quoted the Hawaii attorney general, Douglas Chin.

He said, “Now, Hawaii’s attorney general is trying to go at it again, and we have a quote of what he had to say. He said, ‘In Hawaii, close family includes many of the people that the federal government decided on its own to exclude from that definition. Unfortunately, this severely limited definition may be in violation of the Supreme Court ruling.’

“Are they just looking for any way to resist?” said Kilmeade. “Is this truly just another activist attorney general?”

Sessions replied, “It’s just an activist attorney general. They were slapped down by the Supreme Court.”

“They had an initial victory before a judge in Hawaii that issued an order that bound the whole United States, which is really an overreach in my opinion, except in the most extreme circumstances,” he said. “And I believe that this argument will be heard, of course, but don’t think it will be sustained either.”

On Monday, June 26, the Supreme Court agreed to review the decisions of the lower courts on the president’s executive order issuing a travel ban for migrants from six countries with high Muslim populations: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

U.S. Supreme Court. (Wikipedia)

After the ban took effect Thursday evening, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement released Friday,“President Trump’s discriminatory, unjust and dangerous Muslim and refugee ban undermines our national security and insults our founding values.”  

“While the Supreme Court’s move on Monday to largely lift the injunctions against this openly prejudicial ban is deeply disappointing, Americans should be even more alarmed by the Trump Administration’s capricious and cruel interpretation of that decision,” said Pelosi.

Linda Sarsour, organizer of the post-inauguration Women’s March, tweeted “In addition to the #MuslimBan being discriminatory - it's illogical and makes NO SENSE. Just makes us look terrible. #NoMuslimBanEver”

Another of her tweets from Thursday said, “Your president wants to keep you all safe, you know, so America can be great again. How? He's banning grandmas & aunties. How courageous.”

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