President Donald Trump has indicated he is considering disbanding the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals after it overruled two of his executive orders.
The latest decision came April 25, when the court struck down a plan to cut off funding for so-called sanctuary cities, jurisdictions which refuse to cooperate with the federal authorities on immigration issues, USA Today reported.
In an interview with the Washington Examiner, Trump confirmed he was considering breaking the court up.
"Absolutely, I have," Trump said to the paper. "There are many people that want to break up the 9th Circuit. It's outrageous."
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Immediately following the April 25 ruling, Trump took aim at the 9th Circuit in a series of tweets.
"First the Ninth Circuit rules against the ban & now it hits again on sanctuary cities-both ridiculous rulings. See you in the Supreme Court!" Trump tweeted, according to USA Today.
Trump also tweeted that the court "has a terrible record of being overturned (close to 80 [percent]). They used to call this 'judge shopping!' Messy system."
Judge William Orrick ruled that Trump exceeded his authority by declaring he would cut funding, insisting that only Congress could decide how such federal funds were spent.
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The City of San Francisco, which was one of the parties to bring the suit, welcomed the ruling.
"This is why we have courts -- to halt the overreach of a president and an attorney general who either don't understand the Constitution or chose to ignore it," San Francisco attorney Dennis Perrera told USA Today.
But Sean Spicer, Trump's press secretary, disagreed, stating that supporters of sanctuary-city policies had "the blood of dead Americans on their hands," according to Fox News Insider.
"Today, the rule of law suffered another blow, as an unelected judge unilaterally rewrote immigration policy for our Nation," Spicer said in the statement. "This case is yet one more example of egregious overreach by a single, unelected district judge. Today's ruling undermines faith in our legal system and raises serious questions about circuit shopping."
Judges in the 9th Circuit argued that Trump's attempts to impose limited immigration bans were unconstitutional because they discriminated against Muslims.
The president alleged that the 9th Circuit, which covers nine western states and two U.S. territories, had become a center for opposition to him.
"Everybody immediately runs to the 9th Circuit. And we have a big country. We have lots of other locations. But they immediately run to the 9th Circuit. Because they know that's like, semi-automatic," Trump told the Examiner.
Spicer expressed confidence that the Trump administration would win in the Supreme Court.
"I think as it goes through the Supreme Court, they will rule that the president was well within his legal right to do this," he added, referring to Trump's decision on sanctuary cities. "I think that anybody that's got a basic understanding of the Constitution and a basic reading of U.S. code would come to the same conclusion."