- Associated Press - Monday, June 5, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Trump’s proposed travel ban on certain countries (all times local):

11 a.m.

Critics of President Donald Trump’s stalled travel ban say he may have undercut the government’s defense of the measure when he bashed the Justice Department for asking the Supreme Court to review a “watered-down” version of the ban.

In a series of Monday morning tweets, Trump says the Justice Department “should have stayed” with his first executive order aimed at temporarily halting entry to the U.S. from a half-dozen Muslim majority countries.

The revised order narrowed the scope of the original, but both have been blocked by lower courts. The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to reinstate the ban.

Attorneys who sued are saying Trump’s comments will help their case. Law professor Josh Blackman called Trump “the worst client” for the Justice Department’s solicitor general.

The department declined comment.

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6:50 a.m.

President Donald Trump is criticizing his own Justice Department for asking the Supreme Court to review a “watered down, politically correct version” of the travel ban he signed in March.

In a series of morning tweets, Trump says the Justice Department “should have stayed” with the first travel ban executive order. Both orders, aimed at temporarily halting entry to the U.S. from a half-dozen Muslim-majority countries, have been blocked by the lower courts.

The March directive narrowed the scope of the original order, which was hastily unveiled during Trump’s first week in office.

Trump says the Justice Department should ask for an “expedited hearing” on the second ban and “seek much tougher version!”

The president has stepped up his calls for implementing the travel ban following the weekend attacks in London.


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