By Tristan Lejeune - 02-04-17 08:33 AM EST
President Trump on Saturday issued a new defense of his controversial travel and refugee restrictions, defending the "ban" from the "so-called judge" who halted the order on Friday.
Federal Judge James Robart, appointed by former President George W. Bush and approved by a 99-0 Senate vote in 2004, issued an immediate nationwide restraining order against Trump's action, which had cut off citizens from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the U.S.
Civil liberties groups applauded the ruling, but Trump vowed it would be overturned.
The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2017
Despite the White House insisting this week the Trump order did not constitute a travel ban, Trump defended it as such on Saturday morning:
Interesting that certain Middle-Eastern countries agree with the ban. They know if certain people are allowed in it's death & destruction!- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2017
When a country is no longer able to say who can, and who cannot , come in & out, especially for reasons of safety &.security - big trouble!- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2017
It's not the first time Trump has publicly attacked a judge with whom he disagreed.
During last year's presidential campaign, Trump was criticized by both Republicans and Democrats for citing the "Mexican heritage" of Indiana-born Judge Gonzalo Curiel as a reason he should recuse himself from lawsuits regarding Trump University.