US President vows to introduce overhauled travel ban
Feb.17, Washington: US President Donald Trump said he will issue a new executive order to replace his controversial directive suspending travel to the United States by citizens of seven mainly-Muslim countries, media reprots said.
At an extraordinary White House news conference on Thursday, Trump said the new order would seek to address concerns raised by federal appeals court judges, who temporarily blocked his original travel ban.
He said, "We had a bad court. I will not back down from defending our country. I got elected on defence of our country. I keep my campaign promises, and our citizens will be very happy when they see the result.
Trump gave no details about the replacement order. Legal experts said a new directive would have a better chance of withstanding courtroom scrutiny if it covered some non-Muslim countries and exempted non-citizen immigrants living in the U.S. legally.
The original order, issued on January 27, triggered chaos at some U.S. and overseas airports, led to international protests, complaints from US businesses and drew more than a dozen legal challenges.
At his first solo press conference, Trump insisted there was "zero chaos" in his crisis-buffeted White House and railed against enemies in the media, politics and the courts.
The Oslo Times International News Network