Donald Trump calls court ruling which halted order on visa ban 'ridiculous'

Washington: US President Donald Trump on Saturday termed as "ridiculous" a federal court ruling that halted his controversial executive order preventing people from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the country, and vowed to get it "overturned".

The order blocking the ban was issued on Friday by Seattle US District Judge James Robart and is valid across the US, jeopardising Trump's stated plan to prevent radical Islamic terrorists from entering the country.

File image of US President Donald Trump. AP

File image of US President Donald Trump. AP

"The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!" Trump said in his early morning tweet to his 23.6 million followers.

"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!" he said in yet another tweet as he lashed out at those who are opposing his ban on people coming from these seven Muslim-majority countries.

"Interesting that certain Middle-Eastern countries agree with the ban. They know if certain people are allowed in it's death & destruction!" Trump said.

Trump's executive order, which went into effect a week ago, blocks citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entry into the US for 90 days, while barring entry of Syrian refugees indefinitely, and refugees from other countries for 120 days.

The controversial order which many Democrats have termed as "unconstitutional" and "illegal," has felled protests across US airports where many travellers with valid documents to enter the country have been detained.

The US President, who is spending his weekend at Mar-a-Lago continued to lash out at The New York Times, which has been critical of his policies.

"After being forced to apologise for its bad and inaccurate coverage of me after winning the election, the FAKE NEWS @nytimes is still lost!" Trump said.

The New York Times had endorsed Ohio Governor John Kasich in the primaries and Hillary Clinton in the general elections.

Trump, who uses Twitter as a medium of communication with his large support base, alleges that traditional media outlets like The New York Times, CNN and The Washington Post have been unfair to him in their coverage and very often indulge in inaccurate reporting.

"Make America Great Again," Trump said in another tweet.

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Updated Date: Feb 05, 2017 09:51:22 IST

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