Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) predicted on Thursday that President Trump’s executive order targeting seven Muslim-majority countries would ultimately prevail at the Supreme Court.
“The case will almost certainly be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court,” he said during an interview on “The Michael Berry Show” in Texas. “If the Supreme Court follows the law, federal statues are straightforward, the president has this authority.”
He added the “Supreme Court is likely to conclude exactly that when the case is before it.”
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled unanimously Thursday that a nationwide restraining order against Trump’s temporary travel ban may continue while a federal judge considers a lawsuit over the policy.
The White House has not said what its next steps legal steps will be. Trump has previously said he thinks the case could go to the Supreme Court and he tweeted Thursday night, “See you in court.”
SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017
Cruz defended the executive order, noting that while he hadn’t read Thursday’s decision that he’s “not surprised,” saying that the Ninth Circuit has been the “most liberal activist court of appeals” in recent history.
“If you look at what the president’s order did, the heart of the order was a four month pause in allowing refugees to come to this country so we can improve the vetting of refugees,” he said. “That in my judgment is explicitly legal.”
Most Republican senators didn’t immediately comment on the court ruling, though Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) blasted the decision from the “notorious left-wing court.”
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SOURCE: The Hill – Jordain Carney