In Nashville speech, President Trump derides ruling against revised travel ban

NASHVILLE (WATE) – President Donald Trump spoke at a rally in Nashville Wednesday night, calling the ruling putting his revised travel ban on hold “unprecedented judicial overreach.”

Trump delivered a nearly hourlong campaign-style speech at Municipal Auditorium, delayed by more than half an hour as long lines of people waited outside to get in.

The president said the ruling against his executive order on immigration, which he called a “watered down” version of his original order, “makes us look weak.”

“What they blocked is a watered down version of the first one that was already blocked by another judge, which shouldn’t have happened,” he said.

The ruling would have taken effect on Thursday. It temporarily suspends the U.S. refugee program and bars the entry of people from certain countries.

Trump promised to take the fight all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.

The president also spoke about plans to replace the Affordable Care Act, saying the replacement would have to be passed as a budget bill to avoid filibuster and would come in three parts.

Nashville Metro Police posted on Twitter that two people had been arrested outside the rally for disorderly conduct – a man who shoved another person and a woman who was charged with fighting while in line.

Related: Federal judge in Hawaii puts Trump travel ban on hold

The president flew into Nashville from Michigan where he announced plans to re-examine federal requirements that regulate the fuel efficiency of new cars and trucks.

Trump first attended an event at The Hermitage to lay a wreath on Andrew Jackson’s tomb to mark his 250th birthday. Trump said Jackson was “one of our great presidents” and that he’s a fan of the seventh president.

 

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