'Donald Trump has made no national security argument for new travel ban'

'Judge's main reason for overturning travel ban were Donald Trump's own words', says former Democrats Abroad Vice Chair

Donald Trump's executive order was blocked in the last few hours by a district judge

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A leading commentator has suggested Donald Trump's latest travel ban has been blocked because his team "failed to make any specific or critical national security argument" for it.

Karin Robinson, former UK vice-chair of Democrats Abroad, also said Mr Trump and his inner circle "have been explicit in their intent to block Muslims from entering the country."

Mr Trump's new travel ban, a watered-down version of the original order which was torpedoed in the courts, has now been blocked by two Federal Judges - in Hawaii and Maryland.

Mr Trump has vowed to fight the decision, but Robinson told Paul Ross he only has himself to blame.

She said: “The main justification for overturning his new ban were his own words and actions.

"The judge [in Hawaii] made it clear since he and his team have been explicit in their intent to block Muslims from entering the country, it’s not a legal intention.

"Judges have been looking at the Trump administration's claim of national security very sceptically, as when they’ve already openly stated the intention is to ban people as a broad class.

“The Trump administration failed to make any specific or critical national security argument for what they were doing.

"It just is a poorly considered policy."

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