House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has accused President Donald Trump of disregarding the Constitution following a series of tweets in which he defended his travel ban.
The California Democrat made the statements during an interview she gave to CNN June 6.
Pelosi was asked what Trump meant by his comments calling for the enforcement of a ban on travel to the U.S. from several Muslim-majority countries.
"I think, frankly, what he is talking about is a complete disregard for the Constitution," Pelosi answered, according to CNN.
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She noted that judges on a number of occasions have declared two executive orders issued by Trump to be unconstitutional.
"He doesn't care," she added, as long as the focus is on him, "good, bad, or indifferent."
The Justice Department requested that the Supreme Court review the second order after it was blocked in the courts. The Supreme Court has requested lawyers involved in the case to submit arguments by June 11, although it remains unclear whether the highest court in the country will agree to take on the case.
The second order reduced the number of countries affected by the ban from seven to six and also excluded banning those who already hold permanent residency in the United States.
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Another case related to the second executive order is pending in a Hawaii appeals court, which resulted from the decision of a lower court to block Trump's order.
Trump tweeted on the matter early on June 5.
"People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!" wrote the president.
Trump's statement contradicts assurances from White House officials that the measure does not amount to a travel ban.
"It's not a Muslim ban. It’s not a travel ban. It’s a vetting system to keep America safe," White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in January, The Guardian reported.
During the 2016 election campaign, Trump called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on," according to Rolling Stone.
In his June 5 tweets, Trump also argued that the concessions made in the second order should be reversed: "The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to S.C."
Trump's tweets drew criticism from some close allies.
George Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, tweeted: "These tweets may make some ppl feel better, but they certainly won't help OSG [Office of the Solicitor General] get 5 votes in SCOTUS [the U.S. Supreme Court], which is what actually matters. Sad."