Justice Anthony M. Kennedy granted a request from Trump administration lawyers Monday and temporarily blocked a U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals order that would have allowed more refugees to enter this country from six majority-Muslim nations.
The government had asked for a "temporary administrative stay" to give the justices time to consider the issue.
The 9th Circuit order, due to take effect on Tuesday, would have cleared the way for as many as 24,000 refugees who have "a sponsorship-assurance agreement" with a U.S.-based refugee-resettlement agency, the government said.
The diplomatic tit-for-tat between Moscow and Washington took yet another turn Monday when Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia was considering demanding that the U.S. diplomatic mission reduce its staff by an additional 155 employees.
Though a decision has not been made official, Lavrov said, the idea was on the table and under serious consideration.
Lavrov pointed a finger at the U.S. for initiating the parity criterion, saying that Washington had insisted that Russia close one of its four consulates in the United States because the U.S. only had three consulates in Russia.
Just over a month into his presidency, Donald Trump strode into a hotel ballroom for the annual assemblage of the most fervent Republican activists and conservative leaders in the country and declared his takeover of the Republican Party — on behalf of the “forgotten men and the forgotten women.”
“The GOP will be, from now on, the party also of the American worker,” Trump said, to wild cheers. Among the changes: No more bad trade deals. Wall off immigrants. Avoid foreign wars.
Standing near where a hijacked airliner nose-dived into the Pentagon 16 years ago, President Trump comemorated the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks Monday in a solemn tribute to the victims, the first responders and the nation.
“On that day, not only did the world change, but we all changed,” he said. “Our eyes were opened to the depths of the evil we face. But in that hour of darkness, we also came together with renewed purpose. Our differences never looked so small, our common bonds never felt so strong.”
It was one of scores of solemn ceremonies Monday marking the Al Qaeda attacks that claimed 2,977 lives and wounded thousands more when hijacked aircraft crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in a field in Pennsylvania.
Pope Francis has urged President Trump to reconsider revoking DACA if he considers himself a true "pro-lifer."
Speaking to reporters as he flew back to Rome after several days in Colombia, Francis said late Sunday that Trump's decision to end legal protections for people brought to the country illegally as children would split families, "the cradle of life."
"I have heard the president of the United States speak," the pope said, according to news accounts. "He presents himself as a pro-life man. If he is a good pro-lifer, he should understand that the family is the cradle of life and you must defend its unity."
President Trump on Monday was presiding over his first 9/11 commemoration in office, a solemn and nonpartisan occasion in which he was joined by First Lady Melania Trump.
The Trumps observed a moment of silence at the White House in remembrance of the nearly 3,000 people who were killed when hijackers flew commercial airplanes into New York's World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pa.
The morning remembrance was scheduled for about the time the first plane struck one of the Twin Towers on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.
Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist, left the White House last month vowing to support the man he helped get into the Oval Office and to savage those he saw as blocking Trump’s way.
It is a long, long list.
In an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Bannon exacted revenge on a host of people, both Trump supporters and advisors as well as outsiders who never warmed to the president during last year's campaign.
In his first extended interview since returning to the Senate after treatment for brain cancer, Sen. John McCain was his traditionally cantankerous self on Sunday, criticizing President Trump and other Republicans on issues such as illegal immigration and climate change, and calling for more bipartisanship to solve the nation’s problems.
In the latter, he did not include the president’s deal last week with Democratic leaders Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California and Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York. McCain criticized Trump for ignoring the desires of Republican leaders and said the deal, which extended the debt ceiling and government funding until Dec. 8 and approved $15 billion in hurricane relief, locked in place “unconscionable” past cuts in military spending.
“The agreement that they made is basically devastating to national defense,” the Arizona Republican said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” He blamed recent accidents involving Navy ships — including one named after his father and grandfather, both celebrated admirals — on a lack of training and readiness caused by the spending cuts.