ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE/WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said
late on Friday he is considering issuing a new travel ban executive order, while
a White House official said the administration did not plan to escalate a legal
dispute over Trump’s original travel ban order to the Supreme Court.
Trump’s original order banning entry to the United States by refugees and
citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries was put on hold by a federal judge
in Seattle last week with a temporary restraining order, and that suspension was
upheld by an appeals court in San Francisco on Thursday.
Trump said during a surprise visit with reporters aboard Air Force One en
route to Florida from Washington that he was considering “a brand new order”
that could be issued as soon as Monday or Tuesday if the administration decides
to move in that direction.
The White House official separately said: “We are actively considering
changes or other executive orders that will keep our country safe from
The official said: “The temporary restraining order, we would not take to
the Supreme Court, but we are reviewing all options in the court system.”
(Additional reporting by Mica Rosenberg in New York, Doina Chiacu in Washington
and Daniel Levine in San Francisco)
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