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Trump Promises To Unveil New U.S. Security Measures

| by Robert Fowler

President Donald Trump has announced that his administration will unveil new national security measures in the coming week. The president's comments arrive a day after the 9th Circuit Court ruled to uphold a restraining order on his executive order on immigration.

On Feb. 10, Trump held a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is currently on a diplomatic trip to the U.S. to discuss economic and security concerns with the president. Asked about his currently stalled immigration order, Trump revealed that his administration would soon reveal new national security measures.

"We will be doing something very rapidly having to do with additional security for our country," Trump said, according to Politico. "You will be seeing that sometime next week."

The president did not elaborate on what those security measures would be but asserted that his administration would continue attempting to overturn the current restraining order on his executive action.

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"In addition, we will continue to go through the court processes and ultimately I have no doubt that we'll win that particular case," Trump said.

The president concluded by saying that his administration "will not allow people into our country who are looking to do harm to our people."

Trump's Jan. 27 executive order had placed a temporary prohibition on the U.S. admitting refugees and included an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees. That order also placed a temporary travel ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries. On Feb. 3, a federal judge based in Washington state placed a national restraining order against the executive order.

On Feb. 9, the 9th Circuit Court unanimously ruled against lifting the restraining order, asserting that the Trump administration had not provided sufficient evidence to justify a travel ban.

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"The Government has pointed to no evidence that any alien from any of the countries named in the Order has perpetrated a terrorist attack in the United States," the judges wrote, according to The Washington Post. "Rather than present evidence to explain the need for the Executive Order, the Government has taken the position that we must not review its decision at all."

The Trump administration could either take the dispute to the Supreme Court or retract the executive action and draft a new one that sidesteps the judicial branch's objections, Politico notes.

During his press conference with Abe, Trump asserted that his administration would work to ensure the U.S. ally's security.

"We are committed to the security of Japan and all areas under its administrative control," Trump said, according to CNN.

The president added that he considered the threat posed by the North Korean nuclear program "a very, very high priority."

Sources: CNN, Politico, The Washington Post / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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