Trump Urges Quick Supreme Court Ruling to Reinstate Travel Ban
U.S. President Donald Trump used Twitter late Monday to again call for a travel ban from what he called "dangerous countries" while criticizing what he sees as "politically correct" efforts to soften his original executive order to block entry to people from a group of majority-Muslim countries.
"That's right, we need a travel ban for certain DANGEROUS countries, not some politically correct term that won't help us protect our people!" Trump wrote.
That followed tweets earlier Monday on the same topic blaming the Justice Department for a "watered down" version of the ban that Trump signed after his original order was challenged in court.
The first executive order banned entry to people from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan for 90 days and indefinitely banned refugees from Syria, while giving exceptions to religious minorities. The revised order dropped Iraq from the list, changed the Syrian refugee ban to 120 days and removed the religious exception.
Multiple federal courts have barred authorities from enforcing the order, saying it amounts to unconstitutional religious discrimination against Muslim, with judges citing as part of their reasoning comments Trump made when he was a candidate for president and before he took office.
Muslim leaders pledge to cooperate fully with London police
British police have identified two of the three men who carried out Saturday's terror attack close to London Bridge that killed seven people.
Twenty-seven-year-old Khuram Shazad Butt and 30-year-old Rachid Redouane both lived in the East London district of Barking.
Local residents told VOA of their shock that the terrorists lived in the community. Many voiced concerns that they were able to operate undetected by both intelligence services and the local Muslim community.
Butt once worshipped at the local Jabir Bin Zayd mosque, but was reportedly thrown out after a confrontation with the imam over Butt's extremist views.
Muslim leaders say the mosques are united in their condemnation of the attack.
Authorities are investigating whether others in the community knew of or helped conceal their extremism. Muslim leaders reject any link with the terrorists and insist they are cooperating fully with police.