"We will be issuing a new and very comprehensive order to protect our people", Trump said at a news conference. On January 27th, Trump had stated, "I'm establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America.We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas". "But we are tailoring it now to the decision", Trump said. That same day, a federal judge granted a temporary restraining order against the executive order, which banned travel to the USA from seven majority-Muslim countries.
The immediate impact was chaos at airports nationwide as the order was implemented and subsequent legal challenges led to the federal judge in Seattle issuing a temporary restraining order halting the ban on February 3.
Trump insisted Saturday that the travel ban did not amount to "a Muslim ban" like the one he called for in during the primary campaign, and his administration showed no signs Sunday of backing down from enforcing the order.
A new executive order would not necessarily end the litigation over Trump's travel ban - particularly if it were not a dramatic departure from the original directive.
News of the administration's backdown broke during a hastily arranged press conference in which President Trump blasted the media and vowed to crackdown on leakers.
The government "has responded with no evidence other than" its executive order to support its immigration and travel restrictions, Judge wrote. Shortly after the Executive Order was announced people descended on airports in droves to protest the detention of people entering America from the aforementioned seven countries.
"We are appealing that and we are going further", he said. There have been examples where people who would commit acts of terror in the US have come across that border. Saturday's ruling does not undercut the President's executive order.
Legislators on both sides who opposed the ban praised the ruling and urged for Trump to back down. "That's the only thing that was wrong with the travel ban".
The director of policy at the International Refugee Assistance Project Betsy Fisher said, "The executive order doesn't say "we're banning Muslims".
The Justice Department requested the appeals court to intervene on Sunday proclaiming that it was not a lower court's place to second-guessing the president's judgment on a national security matter. Because the Supreme Court now has only eight justices, a 4-4 tie would affirm the judgment of the Ninth Circuit without an opinion from the high court, thereby leaving Judge Robart's TRO in place. The order also prevented refugees from entering the country for 120 days. Who knows. The Trump administration is obviously in an untenable position. He said the incident "speaks to a wider issue of concern brought on by the President's first actions in office".
The Ninth Circuit requested the states of Washington and Minnesota, which challenged the ban, and the Justice Department to file briefs by Thursday laying out whether they thought en banc reconsideration was appropriate.