White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer arrives for a briefing at the White House on February 3, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer arrives for a briefing at the White House on February 3, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO

W.House vows to fight court ruling blocking travel ban

Breaking News February 04, 2017 10:46

By Agence France-Presse

WASHINGTON - The White House on Friday pledged to fight back after a federal judge in Seattle ordered a temporary nationwide halt to President Donald Trump's controversial ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations.



The original statement from press secretary Sean Spicer called the federal court ruling "outrageous," but an updated version removed that word.

Spicer called Trump's executive action "lawful and appropriate," adding: "The president's order is intended to protect the homeland and he has the constitutional authority and responsibility to protect the American people."

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