U.S. Appeals Court to hear challenge to Trump’s immigration ban on Tuesday

Three federal judges Tuesday evening will hear oral arguments in the challenge to President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration.

The hour-long hearing, conducted by telephone among three West coast judges at 6 p.m. ET, will determine the immediate fate of the nationwide temporary restraining order against Trump’s travel ban.

Trump has only been in office for 17 days, but his Justice Department is already embroiled in a high-stakes legal battle that could affect hundreds of thousands of people and the direction of his presidency.

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Mon, Feb. 6, 2017: Trump claims journalists are covering up terrorist attacks

President Trump on Monday asserted that the news media was playing down the terrorist threat posed by the Islamic State, telling American military personnel that journalists were reluctant to report on the militant group’s attacks in Europe and “have their reasons” for failing to cover them.

Mr. Trump initially did not provide examples of a news media conspiracy to underplay terrorist attacks, and his comments appeared to ignore the vast amount of reporting on violence committed by the Islamic State and its supporters in the Middle East, Europe and the United States. Later Monday night, the White House released a list of what it said were 78 attacks from September 2014 to December 2016 that were carried out or inspired by the Islamic State. The White House said that “most have not received the media attention they deserved.”

The list included the major attacks in Paris; Brussels; San Bernardino, Calif.; and Orlando, Fla., that dominated the news for weeks. Other attacks overseas, lesser known to Americans, received extensive local coverage, like a shooting in Zvornik, Bosnia, in April 2015 in which one police officer was killed and two others were wounded.

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Mon, Feb. 6, 2017: Trump delivers first address to troops, meets with military leaders in Florida (Video)

President Donald Trump on Monday vowed to allow into the United States people who “want to love our country,” defending his immigration and refugee restrictions as he made his first visit to the headquarters Monday for U.S. Central Command.

Trump reaffirmed his support for NATO before military leaders and troops and laced his speech with references to homeland security amid a court battle over his travel ban on people from seven majority-Muslim countries. He did not directly mention the case now before a federal appeals court after a lower court temporarily suspended the ban.

“We need strong programs” so that “people that love us and want to love our country and will end up loving our country are allowed in” and those who “want to destroy us and destroy our country” are kept out, Trump said.

“Freedom, security and justice will prevail,” Trump added. “We will defeat radical Islamic terrorism and we will not allow it to take root in our country. We’re not going to allow it.” Continue reading “Mon, Feb. 6, 2017: Trump delivers first address to troops, meets with military leaders in Florida (Video)”

Mon, Feb. 6, 2017: Trump lunches with troops at Central Command, Special Operations Command HQ

President Donald Trump made his first visit to the headquarters Monday for U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command.

A room full of troops in fatigues from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines sat down to lunch with the president, as well as senior members of his White House staff.

Pres. Trump made small talk with some of the soldiers, discussing everything from football to military careers. Continue reading “Mon, Feb. 6, 2017: Trump lunches with troops at Central Command, Special Operations Command HQ”

Mon, Feb. 6, 2017: Trump receives briefing, speaks to military personnel at MacDill Air Force Base

10:40 am: Departs Palm Beach, Florida

11:30 am: Arrives Tampa Bay, Florida

11:45 am: Receives a central command and special operations briefing; MacDill Air Force Base

12:30 pm: Has lunch with enlisted personnel; MacDill Air Force Base

1:15 pm: Makes remarks to coalition representatives and senior U.S. commanders; MacDill Air Force Base

2:00 pm: Meets with Governor Rick Scott; MacDill Air Force Base

2:20 pm: Departs MacDill Air Force Base en route Washington