A top White House adviser has attacked the US federal appeals court for upholding a ruling suspending Trump’s travel ban order.
Stephen Miller told U.S. media the court ruling was a judicial usurpation of power and that the president’s powers here are beyond question.
The court rejected Trump’s attempt to reinstate the ban on Thursday.
His executive order barred citizens from seven mainly Muslim countries from entering the United States.
The ban caused chaos at U.S. airports and sparked protests across the country.
Several lawsuits have been filed against the ban, and a federal judge has issued a temporary nationwide block on the travel ban.
Trump has said he may fight the case in the courts, but could also consider issuing a new executive order.
Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Miller accused the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld the block on Trump’s order, of overreaching.
He also told ABC’s This Week: “We have equal branches of government in this country. The judiciary is not supreme.”
Under the U.S. system of checks and balances, courts can declare laws, or acts by the president, unconstitutional.
The US government has argued that the president is best placed to make decisions about national security, and that the ban does not discriminate against Muslims.
But upholding the suspension last week, the three appeals court three judges said that the government had provided no evidence that any foreigner from the countries named in the order had carried out a terrorist attack on US soil.
Lawsuits against the ban have been launched in 14 states.
The states of Washington and Minnesota have argued that the travel ban is unconstitutional and harmful to their residents, businesses and universities.
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson told ABC on Sunday the current order was unlawful and had an improper motive because it was intended to discriminate against Muslims.
If necessary, he could ask government officials to testify, and examine documents and emails to get behind what truly motivated that executive order, he concluded.