Just like legal experts had warned, tweets by U.S. President Donald Trump concerning the ‘travel ban’ assisted in convincing an appeals court to unanimously block the plan. This is the second time that the president’s own comments have been used to block the executive order seeking to stop immigration from certain countries that are predominantly Muslim.
The decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeal was issued on Monday with the argument that the executive order went far and beyond the authority that had been delegated to the president by the constitution and Congress.
In the ruling the court of appeal judges cited a Twitter posting from Trump which was posted following the London Bridge terrorist attacks. Trump’s tweet categorically called for a travel ban from particular ‘dangerous’ countries. In the tweet the president also decried the use of politically correct terms. The ruling by the judges cited the tweet in a footnote.
“Indeed, the president recently confirmed his assessment that it is the ‘countries’ that are inherently dangerous, rather than the 180 million individual nationals of those countries,” the judges wrote.
The judges went further to say that the executive order barring immigration from certain countries had failed to offer a link between the nationality of an individual and their inherent dangerousness or propensity to commit acts of terror. Further, the court of appeals judges also took note of the fact that Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, recently confirmed that the president views his Twitter postings as official communication.
That Trump’s tweets worked against him has not come as a surprise. Moments after Trump tweeted concerning the London Bridge attacks, concerns were raised that it was an unwise move since the executive order on immigration was still being handled by the courts. ACLU, for instance, warned that it would use the postings as evidence as it challenged the order in court.
This was not restricted to critics of the president as even a spouse of one of Trump’s advisers also said the tweets could pose legal hurdles as it would amount to shooting oneself in the foot or undoing progress made with the president’s agenda for the country.