White House press secretary Sean Spicer's medium of choice to respond to a Thursday-night ruling against President Trump's travel ban was a Facebook Live interview with Breitbart News. From a production standpoint, it was what Spicer's boss likes to call a "total disaster."
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SPIERING: Hi, my name is Charlie Spiering from Breitbart News. I’m a White House correspondent, and I’m sitting here with Sean Spicer for breaking news — reaction to the breaking news about the court ruling on the president’s executive order to restrict immigration and travel from six high-risk countries in the Middle East. Sean, what can you tell us about this?
SPICER: Well, uh, today the ruling was just about the temporary restraining order. Uh, we look forward to having a ruling on the merits. We feel very, very confident in the president’s authority on this. As stated in U.S. code, the president has the authority to make sure that the people coming into this country are doing so with the proper intentions.
The seven countries that were in the executive order were countries that we didn’t have the proper information or vetting from. Uh, the president wants to make sure that anybody that comes into this country, that we’ve got the information we need to make sure that they’re coming here for the right reasons.
So, uh, tonight was just a procedural ruling on the temporary restraining orders. We look forward to a full hearing on the merits of this case. And we feel very confident that we’re going to prevail.
SPIERING: So, obviously, readers’ first question is: Will this go all the way to the Supreme Court?
SPICER: Well, I think we’re going to have to examine our legal options. That’s what our counsel’s office is doing now, to make sure that we — that, that know what the best legal route to do is. But there’s potential (inaudible). The president is fairly committed to this — extremely committed to this, rather, because he understands that this is what needs to be done to make sure that our country is kept safe.
SPIERING: And looking back, do you feel that possibly we should — the administration should’ve waited before they decided to implement this executive order? Or —
SPICER: No. Look, we did what was in the best interest of this country. If you had given people a heads up, they could have potentially flooded into the system. But this executive order was fully compliant with the law. It was vetted through the office of legal compliance, the Department of Justice.
Um, you know, and as the case in Boston suggests — um, one of the first cases that got brought up — we went through a similar situation with the temporary restraining order. Then, once it was argued on its merits, they ruled in the president’s favor, and I think that we’re going to continue to see that.
SPIERING: All right. Thank you.
SPICER: Thanks, Charlie.