U.S. Politics

Trump’s chief policy advisor says the president’s power ‘will not be questioned’ by the courts

Stephen Miller, policy adviser to President-elect Donald Trump arrives at Trump Tower in New York, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. CREDIT: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

THINK PROGRESS

Senior White House Policy Advisor Stephen Miller raised plenty of eyebrows on Sunday as the perused the talk-show circuit talking about cases of voter fraud (that don’t exist) and Steve Bannon’s lack of involvement in drafting executive orders (which, according to most reports, is the exact opposite of the truth).

But perhaps his most alarming statement was in reference to the federal judges in Washington rejecting President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban.

“I think that it’s been an important reminder to all Americans that we have a judiciary that has taken far too much power and become in many cases a supreme branch of government,” Miller told John Dickerson of CBS News, as first noted by Will Saletan of Slate. “The end result of this, though, is that our opponents, the media, and the whole world will soon see, as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.”

Miller’s boss was, unsurprisingly, watching his performance, and gave the 31-year-old rave reviews.

Trump has been livid ever since a federal judge first blocked his Muslim ban, and he has taken his anger out on the nation’s court system by consistently undermining and questioning its power.

Last weekend, to kick off another volatile week of the Trump presidency, the White House called the judge’s order “outrageous” and Trump tweeted on Saturday that the “so-called judge” had made a “ridiculous” ruling. He went on to say that the judge would now be responsible if there were any acts of terrorism in the country.

On Thursday evening, when the Ninth Circuit upheld the block of the ban, Trump seemed determined to take more legal actions. However, the ban is not currently being appealed to the Supreme Court; instead, it has been reported that the ban will be rewritten.

Trump’s frequent belittling of the court system has reminded many prominent officials of authoritarian rule.

Lindsay Gibbs

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