>> Good stuff.>> President Trump's travel ban in legal limbo Sunday, after an appeals court denied the Justice Department's request to immediately restore the executive order. The overnight ruling by a San Francisco-based court of appeals, another blow to Trump after Judge James Robart issued a nationwide restraining order blocking his ban.
>> I find that the court should and will grant the temporary restraining order.>> Judge Robart questioned the use of the 2001 September 11th attacks on the United States as justification for the ban, saying no attacks have been carried out on US soil by individuals from the seven affected countries since then.
Vice President Mike Pence making the rounds on the Sunday morning talk shows, defending Trump's authority to put the travel ban in place.>> The law could not be more clear here, John. Not only his constitutional authority to conduct foreign policy for this country. But clear statutory authority in federal law today gives the president the ability to determine who is given access to this country and who is not.
And it's just frustrating to see a federal judge in Washington state conducting American foreign policy or making decisions about our national security.>> Trump lashed out at the judge, who was appointed by President George W Bush, in a series of tweets Saturday, calling him a so-called judge. And saying, what is our country coming to when a judge can halt a Homeland Security travel ban and anyone, even with bad intentions, can come into the U.S.?
Trump's January 27th executive order placed a 90-day travel ban on citizens from seven mainly Muslim countries, and a four month ban on all refugees. The latest court ruling means up to 60,000 foreigners whose visas were canceled, as well as refugees from all nations, can now travel to the U.S., at least temporarily.