U.S. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi criticizes President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, calling it ''brazenly prejudice'' and claiming again that White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is a white supremacist. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi criticized President Donald Trump's revised travel ban during a press conference on Thursday (March 16), calling it "brazenly prejudice." Pelosi said the travel ban being struck down by a court in Hawaii and in Maryland is "a victory for security and our constitution." "The administration has boasted of a proposal to separate children from their mothers and fathers crossing the border. An inhumane plane they wouldn't dare to propose for any other population," said Pelosi. She also called White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon a white supremacist. A defiant Donald Trump has pledged to appeal against a federal judge's order placing an immediate halt on his revised travel ban, describing the ruling as judicial overreach that made the United States look weak. In granting the temporary restraining order in response to a lawsuit by the state of Hawaii, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson found on Wednesday that "a reasonable, objective observer ... would conclude that the executive order was issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion." Early on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang issued a nationwide preliminary injunction in a similar case in Maryland brought by refugee resettlement agencies represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Immigration Law Center. Chuang ruled that the agencies were likely to succeed in proving that the travel ban portion of the executive order was intended to be a ban on Muslims and, as a result, violates the U.S. Constitution's religious freedom protection. "To avoid sowing seeds of division in our nation, upholding this fundamental constitutional principle at the core of our nation's identity plainly serves a significant public interest," Chuang wrote in his ruling. The actions were the latest legal blow to the administration's efforts to temporarily ban refugees as well as travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries. The president has said the ban is needed for national security. However, the orders, while a victory for the plaintiffs, are only a first step and the government could ultimately win its underlying case. Watson and Chuang were appointed to the bench by former Democratic President Barack Obama.