The White House says it will appeal against the rulings of two federal judges who blocked President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban on citizens of six Muslim-majority nations.
Spokesman Sean Spicer said on Thursday the Trump administration would “vigorously defend” its ban, after the US president vowed to challenge what he described as “terrible” decision to suspend it.
“We intend to appeal the flawed rulings,” Spicer said.
Two federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland froze Trump’s efforts to close US borders to nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Although the ban was already restrained nationwide by District Judge Derrick Watson of Hawaii on Wednesday evening, the Maryland decision early on Thursday was another blow to Trump’s executive order.
District Judge Theodore D. Chuang of Maryland said Trump’s revised travel order was still meant to discriminate against Muslims.
“The history of public statements continues to…