President Trump sounded very confident that his travel ban would prevail over the 9th Circuit Court ruling against his request for a stay. He spoke to the press very soon after the decision was handed down Thursday.
"We're going to win the case," he told the media. When asked if he had talked to the newly sworn-in Attorney General Jeff Sessions, he answered, "No, I have not."
When asked how he heard about the decision, Trump replied, "We just saw it, we just saw it just like you did." A reporter asks, "Via the news? et cetera, the media?" to which he says, "yeah."
"But it's a decision that we'll win, in my opinion, very easily. And by the way we won that decision in Boston," referring to the other judgement that fell in favor of the travel ban. "I will be making a decision on the Solicitor General in the next week," he concluded as he walked away. Whoever fills the Solicitor General position would be the person defending his case if it went before the Supreme Court.
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The Trump administration had filed for a stay against the restraining order on the travel ban executive order, and the president almost immediately promised that he would appeal after losing the decision Thursday. The decision cited his multiple promises on the campaign trail to implement a "Muslim ban," despite his recent denials that this executive order fit that description.
In response to the decision he took to Twitter and in an all caps message vowed, "SEE YOU IN COURT".
The moratorium on travel and refugee resettlement from seven terror-stricken countries has been criticized for being hastily implemented and poorly planned. It spawned nation-wide protests when persons targeted by the ban were left detained for hours at airports and some were even turned back to their countries of origin.
Polling shows that more Americans support his ban than those that oppose it, just slightly below a majority of adults.