Donald Trump: 'Only 11 days in, and there's talk of a constitutional crisis,' says academic

Donald Trump: 'Only 11 days in, and there's already talk of a constitutional crisis,' says LSE politics fellow

Sally Yates speaking at a convention in 2015

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A political commentator has told talkRADIO there is "pure chaos" between the branches of the United States Government as the fallout from Donald Trump's executive order continues.

Mr Trump has fired the acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, and said she had "betrayed" his ten-day old administration after she publicly said lawyers wouldn't defend his executive order, which bans Saudi refugees from entering America indefinitely and has suspended the visas of travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Dr. Brian Klaas, a fellow in Global Politics at the London School of Economics, said her sacking was the only possible outcome in an interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer.

He said: "I think she knew she’d be sacked when she sent the letter, but the Attorney-General’s loyalty is supposed to be to the law, not the President. 

"It makes sense if she knew this order to be illegal, she'd stand up to him.

"We’re only 11 days in, and there’s already talk of a constitutional crisis, which is unprecendented. You have the courts issuing orders to give people access at airports, with the executive branch - which Trump runs - rejecting those orders.

"There’s just pure chaos by Donald Trump’s making."