Hawaii Judge Halts Trump’s Travel Order
Just like the administration’s first attempt at a temporary travel ban, its second try has been halted by a federal judge, this time from Hawaii.
The rehashed Executive Order titled: Protecting the Nation Against Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, sought to temporarily block travel from various muslim-majority countries.
U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson, just hours before the Presidential Executive Order was to take effect, entered a ruling that imposes a countrywide temporary restraining order on the Order, barring its implementation.
“The record before this Court is unique. It includes significant and unrebutted evidence of religious animus driving the promulgation of the Executive Order and its related predecessor.”
– Judge Watson Order, 3/15
In short, Judge Watson’s reasoning was that the order amounts to unconstitutional discrimination of religious groups
At a rally in Nashville, Tennessee, President Trump addressed the ruling, calling the court’s involvement “unprecedented judicial overreach”:
“We are going to fight this terrible rule as far as it will go, up to the Supreme Court,”
– President Trump, Nashville, TN, 3/15
White House Budget to be Revealed Thursday
The long awaited Trump federal budget plan for fiscal year 2018, is hours away from being released by the White House.
The main highlights that we can almost certainly expect in the budget:
– Cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (around 31% in cuts)
– Cuts to the Department of State (around 28% in cuts)
– Increased spending on the Military (at least 10%)
President Trump said of the federal budget plan last month:
“This budget will be a public-safety and national-security budget. It will include a historic increase in military spending to rebuild the depleted military of the United States of America at a time we most need it.”
– President Trump, Remarks at Meeting of NGA, 2/27
President Trump Honors President Jackson
President Trump had a busy day, visiting Detroit, Michigan in the early afternoon, before heading to Nashville, Tennessee to honor President Jackson on the 250th anniversary of his birth.
He took part in a wreath-laying ceremony for the former President, and spoke at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage.
The President made no effort to conceal the fact that his rise to power has been compared to that of Andrew Jackson, at times even appearing to speak to the former President during his speech.