The White House is confident that it will prevail in a legal back-and-forth over President Donald Trump’s executive order to prevent travellers from seven countries entering the United States, spokesman Sean Spicer said on Monday.
“Clearly the law is on the president’s side,” Spicer told reporters on Air Force One. “He has broad discretion to do what’s in the nation’s best interest to protect our people, and we feel very confident that we will prevail in this matter.”
National security veterans, major US technology companies and law enforcement officials from more than a dozen states backed a legal effort against Trump’s temporary travel ban.
A federal judge in Seattle suspended the order on Friday, opening a window for people from the seven countries to enter.
Ten former US national security and foreign policy officials, who served under both Republican and Democratic presidents, filed a declaration in the court case arguing that the travel ban serves no national security purposes.
Over the weekend, the appeals court in San Francisco denied the administration’s request for an immediate suspension of the federal judge’s temporary restraining order that blocked the implementation of key parts of the travel ban while it considered the government’s request in full.
But the court did say it would consider the government’s request after receiving more information.