Jun 26, 2017

Axios PM

Trump's travel ban "victory"

President Trump is pleased with the Supreme Court's travel ban decision today. In a White House statement, he called it a "clear victory for our national security."

He also tweeted: "Very grateful for the 9-O decision from the U. S. Supreme Court. We must keep America SAFE!"

Axios' Jonathan Swan breaks it down:

  • What it means: "Trump can claim a symbolic victory, but the reality is that the Supreme Court isn't upholding his travel ban. It's allowing a much softer version of the original ban to stay in place until the Court hears the case properly in a few months. Instead of halting travel for 90 days from six countries deemed to be terrorist threats — and suspending the U.S. refugee program for 120 days — the Court will let travelers from the banned countries enter the U.S. if they have "bona fide relationships" with people or entities in the U.S."
  • Why it matters: "That's a far cry from January, when senior White House officials wanted to block green card holders and people traveling for medical emergencies from entering the U.S."
  • The bright side for Trump: "Supreme Court justices were far more respectful of his executive authorities than the lower courts. And we can already see from their dissenting opinion that three of the Supreme Court justices — Thomas, Gorsuch, and Alito — are inclined to support Trump's full travel ban."

Go deeper: As Justice Clarence Thomas makes clear in his dissenting opinion, Trump's "victory" is muddy at best.

Toplines: Axios' Alayna Treene rounds up the rest of the Supreme Court news from today.

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