Trump has reportedly signed a new version of the Muslim Ban that was ostensibly so "urgent" he waited a month to sign it after the previous order was struck down by the 9th Circuit Court.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday signed a new version of his controversial travel ban, aiming to withstand court challenges while still barring new visas for citizens from six Muslim-majority countries and shutting down the U.S. refugee program.
The revised travel order leaves Iraq off the list of banned countries but still affects would-be visitors from Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Libya.
Given how long its been since he signed the original order, why sign a new one now?
According to the Washington Post, Trump came unglued over the weekend and scolded his own staff and kicked several of them off Air Force One because he was angry about a series of missteps that he is responsible for. And according to at least one source, the Muslim Ban may be intended to make Trump feel better.
Trouble for Trump continued to spiral over the weekend. Early Saturday, he surprised his staff by firing off four tweets accusing Obama of a “Nixon/Watergate” plot to tap his Trump Tower phones in the run-up to last fall’s election. Trump cited no evidence, and Obama’s spokesman denied any such wiretap was ordered.
That night at Mar-a-Lago, Trump had dinner with Sessions, Bannon, Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly and White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, among others. They tried to put Trump in a better mood by going over their implementation plans for the travel ban, according to a White House official.
Trump was reportedly pleased yesterday morning because his batshit conspiracy theory was dominating the news, but he grew angry again because no Republicans forcefully defended him.
So that's where we're at. The White House is more or less guiding policy on the whims of Trump's childish mood swings.
In regards to the Muslim ban, there's reason to believe it will be struck down again. The new ban may state that it's not a "Muslim ban," but unfortunately for Trump there's more than a year's worth of material of him personally calling for a Muslim ban. Moreover, there exists several Department of Homeland Security memos that downplay the threat posed by refugees and downplay the connection between the 6 countries listed in the ban and terrorist attacks.
None of the perpetrators of the biggest terrorist attacks in recent memory came from the countries included in Trump's ban. Both in America and in Europe, perpetrators of the biggest attacks over the last several years were citizens.