Donald Trump has reacted angrily to the legal block of his ban on refugees and immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries entering the US.
The President said the temporary suspension of his executive order, enacted by a federal judge in Seattle, could lead to “big trouble”.
He branded James Robart, who issued the restraining order against the immigration restrictions, a “so-called judge” and promised the ruling would be overturned, claiming it “takes law enforcement away from our country”.
“What is our country coming to when a judge can halt a Homeland Security travel ban and anyone, even with bad intentions, can come into US?” he tweeted.
Critics swiftly replied that checks and balances on presidential power were part of America’s constitution, and that extensive vetting procedures were already in place for visitors, immigrants and refugees.
Exactly an hour later, the President tweeted: “Because the ban was lifted by a judge, many very bad and dangerous people may be pouring into our country. A terrible decision.”
Mr Trump’s order, signed last week, suspended the US refugee programme for 120 days and banned Syrian refugees indefinitely.
It also barred citizens of seven Muslim-majority “countries of concern” – Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen – from entering the US for 90 days.