After a federal judge in Washington state on Friday blocked an executive order suspending the refugee program and temporarily barring travel from citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries, President Donald Trump bashed the judge on Twitter.
The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2017
U.S. District Judge James Robart blocked Trump’s executive order nationwide.
Shortly after the ruling came down, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer issued a statement calling the decision “outrageous.”
“At the earliest possible time, the Department of Justice intends to file an emergency stay of this outrageous order and defend the executive order of the President, which we believe is lawful and appropriate. The president’s order is intended to protect the homeland and he has the constitutional authority and responsibility to protect the American people,” Spicer said in the statement.
About ten minutes later, the White House released an updated statement that removed the word “outrageous.”