Donald Trump vows to challenge travel ban setback in Supreme Court

Jeff Sessions accuses Hawaii court of 'undermining national security, delaying necessary action'

Donald Trump's administration has vowed to appeal to the Supreme Court after a federal judge dealt a fresh setback to the president's ban on travellers from six mainly Muslim countries and refugees as unfairly excluding the grandparents and grandchildren of people living in US.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in a strongly worded statement announcing the appeal on Friday, accused the Hawaii court of having "undermined national security, delayed necessary action, created confusion and violated a proper respect for separation of powers."

He charged that the lower court had "improperly substituted its policy preferences for the national security judgments of the executive branch at a time of grave threats, defying both the lawful prerogatives of the executive branch and the directive of the Supreme Court."

The travel ban, which the administration insists is necessary to keep violent extremists out of the country, has faced a series of judicial roadblocks from lower courts. But, the administration gained partial satisfaction in June when the Supreme Court ruled that it could proceed with its plan to prohibit the entry of some people from countries deemed dangerous, while still allowing visits by people with "a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in US."

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