While speaking to the National Sheriffs' Association on Wednesday, Trump defended his immigration order, saying it was "written beautifully."

Pres. Trump defends immigration order: "Couldn't have been written any more precisely...It was written beautifully" https://t.co/bUQ4bsdP3q pic.twitter.com/PhKRNXm30u — ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 8, 2017

Trump continued: even if you were "a bad student in high school, you could understand this," adding that the courts are "interpreting things differently than probably 100% of the people in this room." He suggested that the court was politically motivated:

"I don't want to call a court biased, so I won't call it biased. Courts seem to be so political and it would be so great for our justice system if they could read a statement and do what's right."

Yesterday, Trump's nominee for Defense Secretary, John Kelly, said the rollout of the order should have been done differently. He said he should have waited to give Congress time to prepare.

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Louisville police declare state of emergency as Breonna Taylor decision looms

A demonstrator holds up a sign of Breonna Taylor during a protest in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

The Louisville police chief declared in a memo obtained by news outlets a "state of emergency" for the department on Monday to prepare for Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron's expected announcement on the Breonna Taylor case.

Of note: Louisville has witnessed more than 115 days of protests over the police killing of Taylor, an unarmed Black woman, with calls for all the officers involved to be charged.

Sen. Cory Gardner on vacant Supreme Court seat: "I will vote to confirm"

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Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) will vote to confirm President Trump's nominee to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, he announced in a statement Monday.

Why it matters: The development is a win for President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). It should mean Republicans are all but assured to have enough support to hold hearings for Trump's potential nominee.

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