Nov 21, 2018 - Politics & Policy

John Roberts pushes back on Trump's judiciary criticism

Donald Trump shakes hands with Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.

President Trump shakes hands with Chief Justice John Roberts. Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo, Pool/Getty Images

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said in a statement to AP on Wednesday that the U.S. doesn't have "Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges," pushing back on President Trump's comments blaming an "Obama judge" for temporarily halting his asylum ban.

Why it matters: Though oblique, it's still a rare public critique from Roberts directed toward the president, who has repeatedly bashed federal court decisions that have worked against some of his most controversial policies, like the travel ban. In his statement, Roberts added that an "independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for."

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