Mike Pence calls federal judge's order to block Trump suspension 'frustrating'

"We're going to continue to use all legal means at our disposal to stay that order and move forward to take the steps necessary to protect our country", Pence added.

Asked by ABC News how the United States would respond to provocation by Iran, Pence said that the "president said everything's on the table" - including military action. The charged rhetoric has raised questions over whether the United States will abandon commitments it made under a landmark deal - negotiated with several world powers and approved by president Barack Obama in 2015 - that obliged Iran to curtail its nuclear program in exchange for relief from U.S. and global sanctions.

The Vice President disagrees that Trump's promise to prioritize Christian Syrians amounts to a religious test; he told Chuck Todd "It's not a religious test", though discriminating and prioritizing refugee applicants by religious identification would seem to establish one.

In a tweet on Saturday, the president referred to the jurist, who was nominated by President George W. Bush and unanimously confirmed by the Senate in 2004, as a "so-called judge" and predicted his "ridiculous" ruling would be overturned. Over the weekend, a Federal Appellate Court judge suspended the order once again, pending a hearing on Monday. Some carried a flag-draped coffin that symbolized the death of democracy, according to the Washington Post.


On Friday, U.S. District Judge James Robart temporarily blocked the Executive Order that bans citizens from seven Muslim-majority nations. He acted. He put the safety of the American people first. "Doesn't that undermine the separation of powers in the Constitution, written right next door?"

"There is no evidence that it occurred in such a significant number that would have changed the presidential election", he said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday morning. "He is the chief executive of our country".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" Sunday that he "obviously" doesn't see Russian Federation and Putin the same way Trump does. "We're evaluating that as we speak", he said, when asked if they would uphold the agreement.

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