Washington, Feb 19: Refused to bog down after an American court vetoed his immigration ban order, US President Donald Trump has vowed to issue a new order to replace the earlier one that imposed a ban on travel to the US by citizens of seven Muslim countries.
Addressing an ‘extraordinary 80-minute’ press conference on Saturday, President Trump did not mince words to reiterate his resolve and to lampoon the media and ridicule the courts for ‘playing with the security’ of the American people and nation.
He also declared that he would continue to take ‘unpopular’ decisions that were necessary for the security of ‘his country’.
“The new order is going to be very much tailored to what I consider to be a very bad decision,” the President said. “We had a bad court. I will not back down from defending our country. I got elected on the defence of our country.”
The President recalled that during the 2016 election campaign he had promised to mend the country’s broken immigration and visa system and to stop illegal immigration. “And I keep my campaign promises, and our citizens will be very happy when they see the result. We’re issuing a new executive action next week that will comprehensively protect our country,” he said.
Trump gave no details about the replacement order but legal experts told media outlets that the new directive would remove the weaknesses that allowed a court in Seattle, Washington, to stop the implementation of the original, January 27 order.
The Trump administration believes that the new order will have a better chance of withstanding judicial scrutiny if it covers some non-Muslim countries and exempts non-citizen immigrants living in the US legally.
A federal court in Seattle, and later an appeals court in San Francisco, found the old order discriminatory. The January 27 order also triggered huge protests in the United States and abroad and drew more than a dozen legal challenges.
Throughout the news conference, Trump ridiculed the media, calling it “very fake, false, horrible and dishonest”. He also told journalists covering the event that he knew what they were going to say about the news conference.
“Tomorrow, they will say, ‘Donald Trump rants and raves at the press’, but I’m not ranting and raving. I love this. I’m having a good time doing it,” he said.
Without giving them the chance to respond, he told reporters: “You know, you are a dishonest people.”
Trump also told them that his news conference and speeches won him the election, not the media coverage.