Confusion surround the next steps US President Donald Trump will take over his travel ban, with conflicting reports from the White House over whether the case would go to the Supreme Court.
A White House spokesperson told The Hill today (10 February) the president was not planning to appeal the block on his travel ban for people from seven majority-Muslim countries to the Supreme Court, however this was later confused by chief of staff Reince Priebus who said a Supreme Court battle was a maybe.
But Trump has not given up on the ban, and will continue the legal battle to instigate it, with the contents of the original executive order on visas being discussed in a federal court in Seattle.
Speaking at a press conference, Trump said he would continue the battle, adding: "In addition, we will continue to go through the court process and ultimately, I have no doubt we will win that particular case.
"We also have a lot of other options, including just filing a brand new order," he said later.
Asked about what a new or revised order would look like, Trump said: "New security measures. We have very, very strong vetting. I call it extreme vetting and we're going very strong on security. We are going to have people coming to our country that want to be here for good reason."
However, the White House sent mixed messages about the future of the order, with chief of staff Reince Priebus claiming taking the case to the Supreme Court was still an option, despite other news from the White House stating Trump did not want a Supreme Court battle.
On hearing the news that the block on his travel ban had not been overturned following a hearing at the 9th court of appeals, Trump tweeted: ""SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!"
Trump has been very outspoken with his opinion on the judges who blocked his travel ban, writing on social media: "The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned."