Donald Trump may have undermined his administration's travel ban defense

Trump is repeatedly referring to a "travel ban," destroying his staff's protestations that it's not a ban

By Jeremy Binckes
Published June 5, 2017 7:52AM (EDT)
 (AP/Susan Walsh)
(AP/Susan Walsh)

Shortly after court after court struck down one of President Donald Trump's first executive actions — a moratorium prohibiting residents of seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States — the White House claimed that the executive order wasn't a travel ban, despite the phrasing that Trump previously used.

On Monday morning, Trump pretty much said that you shouldn't listen to what his lawyers and staff are saying — that his December 2015 statement that he was calling for a "complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" is his intended policy.

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"The lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!" he tweeted — part of a string of tweets that blasted the courts and his own Justice Department for not sticking to their guns in a losing argument.

Trump's message hasn't veered from his 2015 proclamation, despite the fact that his administration has constantly said that it was a different thing entirely — something that MSNBC's "Morning Joe" covered Monday morning.

The Monday tweetstorm was pretty much in line with his online response Saturday, when news of the terrorist attack broke. After retweeting a Drudge report link, Trump tweeted, "We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!" Before even expressing support for the United Kingdom.

On Sunday morning, Trump attacked London's mayor on Twitter while quoting him completely out of context. Trump said that Mayor Sadiq Khan said there was "no reason to be alarmed," when Khan was referring to "an increased police presence" that people shouldn't fear.


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