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USA: Spicer defends Trump's judge attacks

United States, Washington DC
February 9, 2017 at 21:32 GMT +00:00 · Published

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer gave a press briefing in Washington DC, Thursday, where he was grilled on US President Donald Trump's "so-called judge" tweet in reference to Seattle Federal Judge, James L. Robart.

Robart issued a temporary nationwide ruling against Trump's travel ban in Seattle on Friday, February 3. Following the ruling, Trump called Robart a "so-called judge" in a tweet. Trump pick for the Supreme Court Neil Gorsuch is reported to have said that he found Trump's tweet 'demoralising' and 'disheartening'.

When asked whether the president would change his approach Spicer responded that Trump was "going to speak his mind" and that this went "back to Thomas Jefferson that presidents have commented on judicial nominees". He also noted that "when president Obama criticised the Supreme Court for its Citizens United comments in the state of the union, there wasn't a similar concern about that."

On new executive orders, Spicer announced that "The first executive order directs the newly installed Attorney general to a new strategy for more effectively prosecuting people who commit violence against members of law enforcement. We must better protect those who protect us."

Continuing, Spicer spoke on Trump's pleasure that "the army corp. of engineers announced last night the final easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline." The decision to restart work on the controversial project is expected to instigate significant protest from both those camped blocking the pipeline's path and across the country.

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer gave a press briefing in Washington DC, Thursday, where he was grilled on US President Donald Trump's "so-called judge" tweet in reference to Seattle Federal Judge, James L. Robart.

Robart issued a temporary nationwide ruling against Trump's travel ban in Seattle on Friday, February 3. Following the ruling, Trump called Robart a "so-called judge" in a tweet. Trump pick for the Supreme Court Neil Gorsuch is reported to have said that he found Trump's tweet 'demoralising' and 'disheartening'.

When asked whether the president would change his approach Spicer responded that Trump was "going to speak his mind" and that this went "back to Thomas Jefferson that presidents have commented on judicial nominees". He also noted that "when president Obama criticised the Supreme Court for its Citizens United comments in the state of the union, there wasn't a similar concern about that."

On new executive orders, Spicer announced that "The first executive order directs the newly installed Attorney general to a new strategy for more effectively prosecuting people who commit violence against members of law enforcement. We must better protect those who protect us."

Continuing, Spicer spoke on Trump's pleasure that "the army corp. of engineers announced last night the final easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline." The decision to restart work on the controversial project is expected to instigate significant protest from both those camped blocking the pipeline's path and across the country.

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