In a speech to major city police officers Wednesday, President Donald Trump continued to press the case for his executive order banning banning travel from some Muslim-majority countries, slamming the nation's court system as "so political."
He read from U.S. law before insisting that even a "bad high school student" would rule in favor of him the president having broad control over who enters the country.
"This isn't just me. This is for Obama, for Ronald Reagan, for the president. This was done, very importantly, for security," Trump told the Major Cities Chiefs Association.
"It was done for the security of our nation, for the security of our citizens, so people don't come in who are going to do us harm. That is why is was done. It couldn't have been written more precisely."
In his attack on the courts, Trump assured his audience that "I don't ever want to call a court biased. So I won't call it biased. And we haven't had a decision yet. But courts seem to be so political. And it would be so great for our justice system if they would be able to read the statement and do what's right.
"I think it's a sad day. I think our security's at risk today," Trump said.
"If these judges wanted to, in my opinion, help the court in terms of respect for the court, they'd do what they should be doing," he said.
Last week Trump labeled the judge who put his directive on hold, U.S. District Judge James Robart of Seattle, who was appointed by Republican President George W. Bush, a "so-called judge." Last year Trump sharply attacked a judge who was presiding over a case involving one of his businesses.
In a Twitter post earlier on Wednesday, Trump wrote, "If the U.S. does not win this case as it so obviously should, we can never have the security and safety to which we are entitled. Politics!"
He later telegraphed the topic of his speech to the chiefs in another tweet, saying he would be "discussing the horrible, dangerous and wrong decision."
He followed up with a thank-you tweet after the speech.
During an oral argument lasting more than an hour on Tuesday, the appeals court panel in San Francisco pressed an administration lawyer over whether the Trump administration's national security argument was backed by evidence that people from the seven countries posed a danger.
This report contains material from The Associated Press and Reuters.
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