Licking their wounds after a stinging appeals court defeat, President Donald Trump’s aides went into triage mode Friday as they considered options for salvaging his contested travel ban for citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries.
In two different venues Friday afternoon, Trump suggested that the White House is trying to redraft the order to strengthen it against legal challenges, which he expects the administration to continue to fight in court.
So this is how it’s going to be from now on. Or at least for the foreseeable future. The Trump White House will do whatever it pleases and see how it goes. If it works, wonderful. If it doesn’t they take a step back, make adjustments, and then claim a victory over the evil forces of Checks and Balances — you know, those pesky judges who, unlike the other branches, are required to cite legal precedent and law to justify their decisions (at least to some extent, but that’s a different discussion). Government by trial-and-error.
“We will win that battle. The unfortunate part is that it takes time statutorily, but we will win that battle. We also have a lot of other options, including just filing a brand new order,” Trump said during an exchange with pool reporters on board Air Force One.
Yes, yes, it is unfortunate that “it takes time statutorily.” Who could have imagined that being President would be so complicated? That it would involve waiting for, of all things, the judicial process? Why, it’s almost as if the Constitution imposes limits on the President’s power.
It’s becoming increasingly clear that Trump expected the Presidency to be more akin to his role as head of his business empire — he makes swift, decisive decisions and the rest of the government falls into lock-step. But alas, as is often said, government moves like a barge. Annoying, but probably for the best.