Reactions began to pour in after the Supreme Court announced Monday that it would allow the full enforcement of President Donald Trump’s travel ban on residents from six Muslim-majority countries.
The ban, now in its third version since the initial executive order in January, affects travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Certain residents of North Korea and Venezuela are also impacted. Lower courts will continue to hear arguments over the ban’s legality this week ahead of a possible final decision by the Supreme Court in June.
Here are some of the early reactions to news of the Supreme Court’s decision:
The White House
Trump and his White House staff were “not surprised” by Monday’s order, according to a statement.
“We are not surprised by today’s Supreme Court decision permitting immediate enforcement of the President’s proclamation limiting travel from countries presenting heightened risks of terrorism,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said.
“The proclamation is lawful and essential to protecting our homeland,” Gidley added. “We look forward to presenting a fuller defense of the proclamation as the pending cases work…