Thursday 21 September 2017

Trump: 'I'm calling it a travel ban and we need original order not watered down version'

President Donald Trump speaks during the Ford's Theatre Annual Gala at the Ford's Theatre in Washington, Sunday, June 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Donald Trump speaks during the Ford's Theatre Annual Gala at the Ford's Theatre in Washington, Sunday, June 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to call for an expedited hearing on his proposed travel ban.

The President has said officials should have stayed with the "original" travel ban and not the "watered down, politically correct version" that was submitted to the Supreme Court.

The ban looks to temporarily restrict the ability of people from six Muslim majority nations to travel to the US.

Trump has been vocal on his social media about the travel ban over the weekend in the wake of the latest London terror attack.

Now he has said: "People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!"

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

Both orders have been blocked by the lower courts.

Trump has repeatedly stated that the ban is necessary to "protect the US from terrorists".

Critics of the order have dismissed it as inflammatory and discriminatory.

His legal team has requested the Supreme Court re-instate the controversial order.

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