Washington: United States' President Donald Trump vowed on Friday to order new security measures by next week intended to stop terrorists from entering the United States, while aides debated whether to ask the Supreme Court to reinstate his original travel ban that has now been blocked by lower courts.
A day after a three-judge panel rebuffed him, Trump said he might sign "a brand new order" as early as Monday that would be aimed at accomplishing the same purpose but, presumably, with a stronger legal basis. While he vowed to keep fighting for the original order in court, he indicated that he would not wait for the process to play out to take action.
"We will win that battle," he said to reporters on Air Force One as he flew to Florida for a weekend golf outing with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan. Yet noting that it most likely would not happen quickly, he also mentioned the possibility of "a lot of other options, including just filing a brand new order."
Asked if he would do that, Trump said, "We need speed for reasons of security, so it very well could be."
Emboldened by the appeals court, Democrats attacked Trump for trying to subvert American values.
"I promise you, we will fight back," Representative Joseph Crowley of New York, the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said in his party's weekly radio and internet address. "We will resist. We will resist on behalf of what is American. And we will resist on behalf of the immigrants who came here in the past and who will come here in the future."