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Ferguson needles Trump on Travel Ban tweets

If President Donald Trump wanted the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on his original travel ban, he should've stuck with it instead of dropping that appeal and paying Washington's court costs, State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said.

Ferguson needled Trump on the president's favorite mode of mass communication, Twitter, after Trump weighed in on the travel ban after the terrorist attack in London.

"The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to S.C.," Trump wrote early this morning. 

"The Justice Dept. should ask for an expedited hearing of the watered down Travel Ban before the Supreme Court - & seek a much tougher version!" he wrote in a follow up.

Ferguson responded:

"Calling the second ban "watered down" and "politically correct" undermines your legal team. Thanks again for your help @realDonaldTrump -- BF.

He later pointed out that dropping the appeal wasn't really the Justice Department's call.

"You are President @realDonaldTrump. It's your call whether to appeal first travel ban. You chose to concede -- and paid our court costs! -- BF

Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981 and retired in 2021. He is currently the political and state government correspondent covering Washington state.

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