Trump Celebrates ‘Tremendous’ Travel Ban Court Victory

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent
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President Donald Trump celebrated the Supreme Court’s 5–4 decision to uphold his administration’s decision to ban travel from terror-rife and other dangerous countries.

The court decision found that Trump used his legitimate authority as President of the United States to exercise “the broad discretion granted to him” and “suspend the entry of aliens into the United States.”

“Today’s Supreme Court ruling is a tremendous victory for the American People and the Constitution,” Trump said in a Tuesday morning statement. “The Supreme Court has upheld the clear authority of the president to defend the national security of the United States … This ruling is also a moment of profound vindication following months of hysterical commentary from the media and Democratic politicians who refuse to do what it takes to secure our border and our country.”

“As long as I am president,” he continued, “I will defend the sovereignty, safety, and security of the American people and fight for an immigration system that serves the national interests of the United States and its citizens.”

The court found that the Trump administration followed proper procedure in developing the list of countries included in its travel ban, disputing allegations from critics that it was a religiously motivated attempt to ban Muslims from entering the United States.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion for the court joined by Justices Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch.

The countries included on the Trump administration’s travel ban list include Venezuela, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Iran and North Korea.