Martin Pengelly in New York @MartinPengelly Saturday 4 February 2017 09.46 EST Accessed at 9:58 a.m. February 4 2017
Donald Trump has insulted and threatened to overturn the ruling of a “so-called” federal judge in Seattle who temporarily halted his travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries and the suspension of refugee admission.
In a series of tweets early in the morning after Friday’s ruling by the Seattle judge James Robart, the president wrote: “The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!”
Trump, who for the first time as president was spending the weekend away from the White House, at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, wrote with characteristic typographical errors: “When a country is no longer able to say who can, and who cannot , come in & out, especially for reasons of safety &.security – big trouble!”
He added: “Interesting that certain Middle-Eastern countries agree with the ban. They know if certain people are allowed in it’s death & destruction!”
Trump again used the word “ban” to describe his order. White House aides this week contested the use of the term.