Trump fires acting attorney general after she refuses to defend anti-Muslim ban
Acting Attorney General Sally Yates. (AFP/Saul Loeb)
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President Donald Trump has sacked the US's highest ranking lawyer, acting Attorney General Sally Yates. It follows her taking the rare step of defying the president over his travel ban.
In a letter she had said she was not convinced the restrictions were lawful.
In Washington there have been more protests against Trumps executive order banning US entry from selected counties. This time it was Congressional democrats in front of the Supreme Court.
"What the president has done is not in the interest of security. It is reckless. It is reckless and rash. To protect our Constitution and our people, we must be strong and smart," House minority leader Nancy Pelosi told protesters.
The Trump administration meanwhile has been trying to calm things down, denying it was to blame for chaos at the nation's airports. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said a majority of Americans agree with the president.
"Look coming into this country is still a privilege, we're the greatest country on earth. And being able to come to America is a privilege, not a right, and it is our duty and it is the president's goal to make sure that everybody who comes into this country to the best of our ability is here because they want to enjoy this country and come in peacefully."
Trump's directive has put a temporary hold of 120-days on allowing refugees into the country along with an indefinite ban on refugees from Syria and a 90-day bar on citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. He argues tougher vetting of immigrants is needed to protect America from terror attacks.
Trump’s predecessor, former US President Barack Obama has broken with tradition of remaining silent in the weeks and months following a handover of power.
Via a spokesman he said that he was “heartened” by the level of engagement taking place across the country.