Wednesday 18 September 2019

Donald Trump continues feud with US Supreme Court chief justice

John Roberts had defended the integrity of the judiciary following the president’s criticisms.

President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media (Andrew Harnik/AP)
President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media (Andrew Harnik/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

President Donald Trump has begun his Thanksgiving Day by resuming his public dispute with Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts over the independence of the American judiciary.

Mr Trump started the row this week with remarks critical of a judge who was appointed by President Barack Obama and who rejected Mr Trump’s migrant asylum policy.

Mr Roberts responded on Wednesday in a statement by saying there are no “Obama judges or Trump judges” but instead “an extraordinary group of dedicated judges”.

Mr Trump’s holiday criticism of the judicial branch of government takes aim at California’s Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals, which long has had a majority of judges appointed by Democratic presidents, with the current breakdown 16-7.

Mr Trump tweeted that Mr Roberts “can say what he wants, but the 9th Circuit is a complete & total disaster”.

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