NASHVILLE - President Donald Trump said a decision by a federal judge in Hawaii to halt his revised travel ban on Wednesday (March 15), hours before it was due to take effect, was an "unprecedented judicial overreach".
"A judge has just blocked our executive order on travel and refugees coming into our country from certain countries. The order he blocked was a watered-down version of the first order that was also blocked by another judge and that should never have been blocked to start with," Trump said at a rally in Nashville.
"This is, in the opinion of many, an unprecedented judicial overreach," he told supporters. "We’re going to fight this terrible ruling. We’re going to take this as far as we need to, right up to the supreme court".
His comments came after US District Judge Derrick Watson ruled that the state of Hawaii, in its legal challenge to Trump's executive order, had established a strong likelihood that the ban would cause "irreparable injury" if it were to go ahead.
The ruling means a nationwide freeze on enforcement of section two of the order, banning entry by nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days. It also halts section six, suspending the US refugee admissions program for 120 days, AFP reported.
The court in Honolulu was the first to rule on a trio of legal challenges against the ban, which targets all refugees and people from six mainly Muslim countries.
Decisions are also expected from federal courts in Washington state and Maryland.
In his rally address in Nashville, Trump said the president has the right to determine whether people believed to be detrimental to the US should be blocked from entry “as he shall deem necessary”.
"If he thinks there’s danger out there, he or she, whoever is president, can say: Not now, folks … we’ve got enough problems. We’re talking about the safety of our nation, the safety and security of our people."