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US President Trump promises action 'very rapidly' after travel ban halted

Published:Friday | February 10, 2017 | 3:25 PM
President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on Febrary 10.

President Donald Trump promised Friday to take action "very rapidly" to protect the US and its citizens, a day after a federal appeals court firmly kept his travel ban on hold. He didn't reveal his planned next step to control travel into the US from countries that he considers potential terrorist threats.

"We'll be doing things to continue to make our country safe," Trump pledged at a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. "It will happen rapidly. We will not allow people into our country who are looking to do harm to our people."

Trump added that still expects to prevail in a legal challenge to his travel ban, despite Thursday's 3-0 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that kept it from going back into effect.
"Ultimately, I have no doubt that we'll win that particular case," he said.

Trump stressed that voters elected him to keep the country secure, "so we'll be doing something very rapidly having to do with additional security for our country. You'll be seeing that sometime next week."
He added that "extreme vetting" is still planned for would-be visitors or immigrants from other countries.

Conjuring images of unspecified danger, Trump said he had "learned tremendous things that you could only learn, frankly, if you were in a certain position, namely president. And there are tremendous threats to our country. We will not allow that to happen, I can tell you that. We will not allow that to happen."

Trump is standing by his argument that national security hangs in the balance. He issued an all-caps Tweet shortly after Thursday's court ruling: "SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!" In West Wing comments on Thursday night, he exhibited an air of confidence: "We have a situation where the security of our country is at stake and it's a very, very serious situation, so we look forward ... to seeing them in court." He added: "We're going to win the case."

The Justice Department said it was "reviewing the decision and considering its options." It could appeal the restraining order on Trump's travel ban to the US Supreme Court or it could attempt to remake the case in the district court.