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to ban or not to ban

Trump declares once and for all that his travel ban is indeed a travel ban

Since Saturday's terrorist attacks in London, President Trump has been on a multi-day Twitter spree promoting his suspended executive order to ban travel to the U.S. from six majority-Muslim countries. By Monday morning, Trump's frustration had mounted to targeting his own Justice Department:

The "watered down" version of the ban refers to an executive order signed by President Trump himself in March, which modified the original order by exempting Iraq from the list of countries and suspending the admission of refugees for 120 days. The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled in May that Trump's new order nevertheless "drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination" and is "intended to bar Muslims from this country." The next step for the order is to be reviewed by the Supreme Court.

Many pointed out that Trump's words Monday morning will likely be used against the ban in court, as they have been in the past. Others pointed out that the ban was originally intended as a 90-day freeze on travel to establish better vetting, although it's now been over 100 days since the order was signed.

Perhaps most notably, President Trump appears to have broken with his own administration, which has repeatedly insisted against calling the order a "ban" — as pointed out by a Morning Joe clip this morning, aired just half an hour before Trump's Twitter rant. Jeva Lange