The White House released an blunt statement on the firing of acting Attorney General Sally Yates Monday, accusing her of betraying the Department of Justice and describing her as “weak on illegal immigration.”
Trump replaced Yates with Dana Boente Friday, after she ordered Justice Department lawyers not to defend his executive order temporarily banning refugees from certain countries. Boente quickly rescinded her order after he was sworn in as acting Attorney General Friday night.
The White House said Yates “betrayed” the Justice Department in a statement on the firing Friday, “by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States.” Adding that she is an Obama appointee, the White House said she is “weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.”
“It is time to get serious about protecting our country,” the statement said. “Calling for tougher vetting for individuals travelling from seven dangerous places is not extreme. It is reasonable and necessary to protect our country.”
The statement concludes by announcing Boente’s appointment, which the White House notes is necessary because Democrats in the Senate are holding up his attorney general nominee, Sen. Jeff Sessions, “for strictly political reasons.”
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