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Monday politics: Battle over immigration EO continues

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Trump supporters lead a counter-protest of the executive order by US President Donald Trump, banning immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries at Los Angeles International Airport. AFP/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump's moratorium on travel from seven Muslim-dominant countries is on hold. Late Friday, a Seattle federal judge issued a sweeping restraining order against it.

The Administration wasn't able to get an appellate court to stay the judge's order. Both sides were asked by the 9th circuit to file their arguments today.

Meanwhile, travelers have started coming back in from the seven countries. Soon after the Seattle order, President Trump tweeted, "The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!" He Tweeted yesterday, "If something happens, blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!"

Several Congressional Republicans have criticized the President's response.

Finally, both the president and vice president did televised interviews over the weekend that addressed several of the most contentious issues of Donald Trump’s young presidency, including the White House’s view on the fight over the immigration executive order and its relationship with Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin. President Trump was on with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly ahead of the Super Bowl while Vice President Pence made the Sunday talk show rounds on NBC’s ‘Meet The Press,’ CBS’ ‘Face The Nation’ and others.

Larry and a couple of our Monday politics regulars will dive into everything from this past weekend, replay the highlights you might have missed, and break it all down as we begin the week.


Lanhee Chen, research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and former policy director for the Romney-Ryan 2012 presidential campaign; he tweets @lanheechen

Lisa Garcia Bedolla, Chancellor’s Professor of education and political science at UC Berkeley; she tweets @GarciaBedolla

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