In a surprising turn of events, President Donald Trump has decided that he will not push his travel ban to the Supreme Court. The ban originally prohibited seven predominantly Muslim countries from entry to the U.S. But because of a court decision, people from these countries are still free to come and go as they wish at this time.
The decision comes after the White House examined several options to save the immigration ban but ultimately decided to forgo the court battle for the time being, according to CNN.
In a phone interview Friday, Trump spoke to reporters about the decision to wait on the Supreme Court, stating: “We will win that battle. The unfortunate part is that it takes time statutorily, but we will win that battle. We also have a lot of other options, including just filing a brand new order.”
During the interview, Trump indicated that he might implement an entirely new executive order to keep Americans safe, “It very well could be. We need speed for reasons of security, so it very well could be.”
The decision comes after a three-judge panel from the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals refused to block a lower-court ruling that suspended the ban – a ban that was implemented for under a week before being stricken down by the courts.
The ban created mass confusion and hysteria amongst travelers and airport security. The ban also created an extreme backlash from the tech industry in California as well as colleges and businesses around the country.
Trump wrote on Twitter saying: “See you in court, the security of our nation is at stake!” But it appears at this point that Trump will not wait on a lengthy court decision.
If Trump and his team do decide to “tighten up” the previous executive order or completely scrap the old and make a new one, it will likely be another controversial decision in an already devisive presidency.
It’s unclear if the ban would actually bring more safety to the country, but one thing is for sure, Trump is adamant about getting what he wants – Americans protected.