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Trump's 9-O Tweet Goes Viral, Sparks Speculation

| by Sarah Zimmerman
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A tweet from President Donald Trump has sparked a social media firestorm, with many calling the president "fake news."

The Supreme Court announced June 26 the reinstatement of part of Trump's controversial travel ban on citizens from six majority-Muslim countries, according to The Inquistr. Trump lauded the nation's highest court system soon after, writing: "Very grateful for the 9-O decision from the U. S. Supreme Court. We must keep America SAFE!"

On a superficial level, many were confused about Trump's choice to use the letter "O," instead of the number zero. Some speculated that he was using the talk-to-text function when he composed the tweet. Others thought that it was an intentional mistake to increase Twitter engagement.  

Numbers versus letters aside, most took issue with Trump's presentation of events, pointing to the fact that the court didn't unanimously vote to reinstate the ban. Instead, it voted to review the case in October, when a final verdict will actually be reached. In the meantime, the court has temporarily reinstated some aspects of the executive order.

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"Literally all they did was agree to take your case in a few months," one person wrote in response to the president's tweet. "You didn't win anything."

The new, temporary ban allows citizens from Muslim-majority countries to visit the United States if they have close ties to the country, The New York Times reports. It will thus be easier for people to visit relatives, attend American schools, deliver speeches, or travel for work purposes. In its official report, the Supreme Court wrote that the ban is not applicable to those with "a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States."

Trump's executive order has received a number of legal roadblocks since its inception, as a number of lower state courts have blocked the ban from taking effect. The decision was upheld by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court's decision marks a victory for the Trump administration and implies that the president does have some authority as far as deciding who can enter the country.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions responded to the news, calling it an "important step towards restoring the separation of powers between the branches of the federal government."

But the ban's opponents are not as happy. 

"We think it’s repugnant to our values that they might be treated differently because of where they are from or how they choose to pray," said Karen Tumlin, legal director of the National Immigration Law Center.

Sources: The Inquistr, The New York Times, Donald Trump/Twitter / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/FlickrDonald Trump/Twitter, UpstateNYer/Wikimedia Commons

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