US President Donald Trump has said he is considering a new order to ban migrants from majority-Muslim nations after his initial decree hit the rocks.
Defiant Trump said he has the law on his side despite two defeats in federal court in quick succession, adding that security concerns may prompt a quicker response than legal channels would allow.
“The unfortunate part is that it takes time statutorily, but we will win that battle. We also have a lot of other options, including just filing a brand new order,” he said, adding that any action would not come before next week.
The statement represents an embarrassing climbdown for Trump, who has insisted that the order was well drafted and who has nevertheless vowed to fight on in the courts.
“We need speed for reasons of security, so it very well could be,” Trump said when asked if his plan was to have a new measure drafted.
Trump said Friday at a joint press conference with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that as president, he has learned of “tremendous threats to our country.”
“We’ll be going forward and continuing to do things to make our country safe. It will happen rapidly,” he told reporters.
“We will not allow people into our country who are looking to do harm,” he said. “We will allow lots of people into our country that will love our people and do good for our country.”