President Trump vows to order new security measures by next week intended to stop terrorists from entering the U.S., as aides debated whether to ask the Supreme Court to reinstate his travel ban that has been blocked by lower courts, the New York Times reports. After a three-judge panel rebuffed him, Trump said he might sign “a brand new order” as early as Monday that would be aimed at accomplishing the same purpose but with a stronger legal basis. While he vowed to keep fighting for the original order in court, he indicated that he would not wait for the process to play out to take action.
“We will win that battle,” he said. Noting that it most likely would not happen quickly, he also raised the possibility of “a lot of other options, including just filing a brand new order.” He added, “We need speed for reasons of security, so it very well could be.” The president’s pivot represented a short-term tactical retreat as he insisted that he would prevail in the long run. The battle over his order, which suspended refugee flows and temporarily blocked visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries, has tested Trump’s capacity to impose his will on a political and legal system that he has vowed to master but that has resisted his demands.