WASHINGTON — Holding agency to his immigration order, President Donald Trump on Monday denied it was accountable for chaos on the nation’s airports over the weekend, as an alternative pointing to pc glitches, protesters and even the “tears of Senator Schumer.”
Later he shifted the main target away from the weekend’s immigration turmoil, signing an government motion aimed toward slicing laws for small companies. White Home officers referred to as the directive a “one in, two out” plan, requiring authorities businesses requesting a brand new regulation to determine two others they may reduce.
Trump signed the order within the Oval Workplace surrounded by small enterprise leaders, saying it might “massively” minimize laws and calling it the “largest such act that our nation has ever seen.”
Trump’s enterprise announcement got here as protests continued across the nation over his immigration order. Early Monday, he took to Twitter to defend the transfer, saying that solely 109 out of 325,000 individuals “have been detained and held for questioning.” Trump additionally stated swift motion was necessary, noting that there are a “lot of dangerous ‘dudes’ on the market.”
Trump’s order briefly suspends all immigration for residents of seven majority-Muslim nations for ninety days.
Democratic New York Sen. Schumer choked up over the weekend whereas speaking concerning the repercussions from the ban, however that introduced scorn from Trump.
“I observed Chuck Schumer yesterday with pretend tears – I’ll ask him who was his appearing coach, as a result of I do know him very properly. I do not see him as a crier,” Trump stated on the White Home on Monday.
Prime Trump aides in contrast the order to a 2011 coverage on Iraqi refugees, when President Barack Obama imposed further checks on Iraqi refugees after two Iraqis have been charged with terrorism offenses in Kentucky. In contrast to Trump’s order, the Obama coverage utilized solely to Iraqi refugees and by no means particularly prohibited entry.
In the meantime, Trump introduced he’ll reveal his decide for the Supreme Courtroom at eight p.m. Tuesday. The courtroom has had eight justices because the demise final yr of Justice Antonin Scalia. Obama nominated Merrick Garland for the submit, however Senate Republican chief Mitch McConnell refused to take up the nomination.
Trump enters his second week in workplace amid a worldwide backlash to his insurance policies. European Union officers denounced his immigration order as a harmful embrace of isolationism and inequality, whereas the worldwide help group Docs With out Borders accused Trump of retaining individuals “trapped in…