WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump on Monday hailed the Supreme Court’s decision to consider his travel ban as a “clear victory” after the court said it will allow a watered-down version of the ban to say in place until it hears the case in October.
“Today’s unanimous Supreme Court decision is a clear victory for our national security. It allows the travel suspension for the six terror-prone countries and the refugee suspension to become largely effective,” Trump said in a statement. “As President, I cannot allow people into our country who want to do us harm. I want people who can love the United States and all of its citizens, and who will be hardworking and productive.”
“My number one responsibility as Commander in Chief is to keep the American people safe. Today’s ruling allows me to use an important tool for protecting our Nation’s homeland. I am also particularly gratified that the Supreme Court’s decision was 9-0.”
Trump again incorrectly emphasized “the 9-0 decision” in a celebratory tweet on Monday afternoon.
Several federal courts have halted enforcement of the ban because they determined it unlawfully discriminates against Muslims.
In the interim, the court will allow a watered-down version of the ban to go into effect. People with “a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States” will not be subject to the ban. That group includes people coming to visit their family or students coming to study.
Trump’s celebratory statement incorrectly stated that the justices’ decision Monday “was 9-0.” The decision was “per curiam,” meaning that it was unsigned by any particular justices.
Justice Clarence Thomas, joined by fellow conservatives Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch, wrote a separate opinion, agreeing with the overall decision but arguing that the ban should be reinstated “in full.”
Trump has frequently lashed out against the independent judiciary in response to multiple lower court decisions that ruled against his administration.
The president has sometimes gone after judges personally.
On Monday, Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., attacked the “activism” of the Ninth Circuit Court, one of the federal courts which halted the ban nationwide.
Read more about the court’s announcement here.
This article has been updated with Trump’s tweet from Monday afternoon.