Donald Trump has said he is considering signing a â€œbrand-newâ€� executive order on immigration, following the court ruling blocking his travel ban on Thursday.
The US president said he was confident he would win the court battle over the hugely controversial executive order suspending the countryâ€™s refugee programme and barring citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, and which is currently blocked.
He said the White House was also considering â€œa lot of other options, including just filing a brand new orderâ€�. Asked if he meant a new executive order, he said: â€œIt very well could be. We need speed for reasons of security, so it very well could be.â€�
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Speaking onboard Air Force One on his way to Florida for the weekend, Trump said he could sign a fresh executive order as soon as Monday or Tuesday. Asked what revisions the new order would include, he said: â€œNew security measures.â€�
He said a new order would probably change â€œvery littleâ€� from the first, according to the Associated Press.
There was confusion about whether the administration intended to take the fight to the supreme court, following his setback in a San Francisco federal court on Thursday.
Despite the president claiming he would â€œwin that [legal] battleâ€� over the travel ban, a White House official told Reuters the president had decided not to go to the supreme court.
â€œThe temporary restraining order, we would not take to the supreme court, but we are reviewing all options in the court system,â€� the official was quoted as saying.
Minutes later the Washington Post quoted White House chief of staff Reince Priebus as saying the administration was â€œreviewing all of our options in the court systemâ€� â€“ including the supreme court.
The ruling by the ninth US circuit court of appeals in San Francisco on Thursday applies only to the question of whether district judge James Robart in Seattle was correct in issuing a temporary restraining order against the travel ban. Trump could choose to sidestep this fight and concentrate on the legal proceedings over whether the travel ban is constitutional, which will continue in Robartâ€™s court over the next weeks.
Separately, an unidentified judge on the ninth circuit on Friday requested that the court consider reconsidering the travel ban case â€œen bancâ€� â€“ or by a full panel of 11 judges. The courtâ€™s 25 judges will vote on the issue after both sides file briefs, which are due on 16 February.
Earlier, Trump had said he would make a fresh policy announcement next week in response to the ruling, but he gave few details about his next move in a tussle with the judiciary that has stymied one of his first and most controversial measures.
â€œWeâ€™ll be doing something very rapidly having to do with additional security for our country,â€� Trump told a joint press conference with the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe. â€œYouâ€™ll see something next week.â€�
Trump suffered a setback on Thursday when a US appeals court refused to reinstate the temporary travel ban. Trump responded swiftly on Twitter with a message in capitals that said: â€œSEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!â€�
Speaking at the White House, the president insisted: â€œWe are going to keep our country safe, we are going to do whatever is necessary to keep our country safe. We had a decision which we think we are going to be very successful with, it shouldnâ€™t take too much time … Ultimately I have no doubt weâ€™ll win that particular case.â€�
He added: â€œThere are tremendous threats to our country. We will not allow that to happen. We will continue to do things to make our country safe. We will not allow people into our country who are looking to do harm to our people.â€�
Trumpâ€™s order barred people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the US for 90 days and barred all refugees for 120 days. Refugees from Syria were banned indefinitely. It triggered disarray at airports and widespread protests.
Trumpâ€™s defeated election opponent, Hillary Clinton, also responded to the court ruling, with a tweet that read: â€œ3-0â€� â€“ presumably a reference either to the three judgesâ€™ unanimous verdict or three consecutive rulings against the ban.
Democrats welcomed the verdict as a triumph for Americaâ€™s democratic checks and balances. Joe Crowley, leader of the House Democratic caucus, said: â€œThis is a major, major, major defeat for the administration. And I think there will be more, because they will continue to overstep.â€�
Addressing Trumpâ€™s angry tweet, Crowley said: â€œThe president needs to grow up.â€�
The president seems likely to take the battle all the way to the supreme court but he is also fending off more than a dozen additional lawsuits now moving through the courts. Lawyers for the state of Virginia are mounting one of the challenges, arguing that the ban violates the constitution and results from â€œanimus toward Muslimsâ€�.
Michael Kelly, a spokesman for the Virginia attorney general, Mark Herring, said Fridayâ€™s hearing in a federal court posed the most significant state challenge yet to Trumpâ€™s order. In a statement, he said it â€œwill be the most in-depth examination of the merits of the arguments against the banâ€�.
The district court in Washington state â€“ the court where the temporary restraining order was issued â€“ will continue to consider the original complaint of irreparable harm brought by the attorney general. The process, which could take months, could result in a ruling â€œon the meritsâ€� of the ban, which would involve a detailed legal evaluation of the constitutional and statutory arguments.
Abe was the only world leader to meet Trump before his inauguration and is the second, after Theresa May, to do so since the president took office. The meeting was seen as an opportunity to shore up US-Japanese relations after Trump withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a flagship trade deal created by Barack Obama.
Abe said: â€œOn TPP, of course we are fully aware of President Trumpâ€™s decision. On economic issues, we will be discussing at the working lunch to follow. As for Japan and the United States, trade and investment as well as economic relations, how can we develop and grow our relationship?â€�
The prime minister said â€œa new framework for dialogueâ€� was already being developed. â€œAnd I am quite optimistic that the good results will be seen from the dialogue. Now, to make sure it is a free and fair common set of rules to be created for the free trade regime in the region, and that was the purpose of TPP, and that importance has not changed.â€�
Both leaders were keen to stress their warm relationship. â€œI grabbed him and hugged him because thatâ€™s the way we feel,â€� Trump said. â€œWe have a very good bond, a very good chemistry.â€�
Meeting in the Oval Office, Trump reportedly told the Japanese prime minister: â€œYou have a strong handshake.â€�
Then, at a press conference in the east room, Trump welcomed Abe to the â€œvery famous White Houseâ€�. He promised joint co-operation, including â€œagainst the North Korean missile and nuclear threat, both of which I consider a very, very high priorityâ€�, and on a free and fair trade relationship.
Abe, on a charm offensive, refrained from criticising Trump over the TPP. He hailed the US as a â€œchampion of democracyâ€� and Trump as â€œan excellent businessmanâ€� who had learned political skills during last yearâ€™s election campaign.
Although he nodded along and seemed to be listening intently, Trump was not wearing a translation earpiece during Abeâ€™s remarks. Asked if Trump had worn an earpiece, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House deputy press secretary, said: â€œI donâ€™t believe during that time. But he did see the text and they spoke quite extensively before the remarks.â€� Trump did put a small speaker to his right ear during the question and answer session.
On Saturday, Trump will host Abe and his wife at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida. The two leaders are scheduled to play golf on Saturday. A White House official said Trump was paying for Abe and his wife to travel to Mar-a-Lago as a â€œgiftâ€� â€“ sidestepping ethical concerns that his properties might profit from a foreign visitor.
Abe said modestly: â€œMy score in golf is not up to the level of Donald at all.â€�
At the press conference, Trump took only two questions from western media outlets: the New York Post and Fox Business Network, both owned by Rupert Murdoch, who has been supportive of his campaign and administration. There was no opportunity during the short question-and-answer session for reporters from other organisations to ask about the controversies swirling around Trumpâ€™s aides Kellyanne Conway and Michael Flynn.
While Conway, who is counsellor to the president, was rebuked by the White House on Thursday after she appeared on television urging the public to buy the branded products of the presidentâ€™s daughter Ivanka, the allegations against Trumpâ€™s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, are potentially far more serious. Reports claim that Flynn had discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador to Washingtonbefore taking office, contrary to his earlier adamant denials.
The report in the Washington Post contradicted Flynnâ€™s assertion on Wednesday that he never discussed the topic with Sergey Kislyak during a series of phone calls in December, while Obama was still president.
On Friday, Flynnâ€™s staff at the national security council said he could no longer be sure whether sanctions had been discussed.
Democrat Adam Schiff, ranking member of the House permanent select committee on intelligence, said: â€œThe allegation that General Flynn, while President Obama was still in office, secretly discussed with Russiaâ€™s ambassador ways to undermine the sanctions levied against Russia for its interference in the Presidential election on Donald Trumpâ€™s behalf, raises serious questions of legality and fitness for office.
â€œIf he did so, and then he and other administration officials misled the American people, his conduct would be all the more pernicious, and he should no longer serve in this administration or any other.â€�
Late on Thursday, Trump reaffirmed Washingtonâ€™s longstanding â€œone Chinaâ€� policy in a call with the Chinese president, Xi Jinping. The move looked set to ease tensions with China after earlier concerns that Trump might use Taiwan â€“ a democratically ruled island that Beijing considers a breakaway province â€“ as leverage in negotiations over trade, security and other issues.
At his White House press conference, Trump said of the call with Xi: â€œIt was a very warm conversation. I think we are on the process of getting along very well. That will also be of benefit to Japan. We discussed a lot of subjects. It was a long talk.â€�
The presidentâ€™s cabinet picks also continue to face resistance. Protesters blocked the new education secretary, Betsy DeVos, when she tried to enter a school in Washington on Friday morning. One demonstrator stood in front of the stairway entrance, prompting DeVos to walk back to her vehicle, though she eventually entered the building.
The Senate voted along party lines early on Friday to confirm Tom Price, a conservative Georgia congressman and harsh critic of Obamaâ€™s healthcare reform, as health secretary. Trump had vowed to repeal and replace â€œObamacareâ€� immediately but has since conceded that the process is complicated and may take time.
The Democratic senator Chris Murphy, of Connecticut, speaking at a Washington Post forum, said that on inauguration day, he felt the odds were 80-20 that the Affordable Care Act would get repealed. â€œNow Iâ€™m not sure itâ€™s even 50-50.â€� Democrats were willing to work with Republicans on various fixes and improvements, he added.
A European space probe has landed on the surface of Mars on a mission to look for signs of life.
However, scientists are still waiting for confirmation on Schiaparelli’s condition after a six-minute descent using a heatshield, parachute and rocket boosters to slow it down from 13,000mph.
The ExoMars mission’s main objective is to look for signs of life on the Red Planet.
But just overcoming the notoriously tricky Martian atmosphere – too thin to rely on a parachute alone; too thick to reliably use thrusters – will be a major achievement.
For the European Space Agency (ESA) the landing is a “technology demonstrator” – a test of the descent system it hopes to use in 2020 to put a robotic rover on the surface.
Schiaparelli’s batteries will last just a couple of days and it has only a handful of instruments to monitor the weather.
It crossed 500 million km on its seven-month journey from Earth.
Meanwhile, the mothership that carried Schiaparelli half a billion kilometres from Earth will begin a series of engine burns to slow it enough to begin orbiting Mars.
Over the next year it will decrease the size of its orbit to just 400km above the surface.
The Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), as it is properly known, will then begin analysing the make-up of the atmosphere.
Scientists know there are pockets of methane, a gas that should be broken down in less than 400 years in the harsh sunlight of Mars. That suggests it is constantly being replenished from an unknown source.
It may have a geological origin – water mixing with certain rocks or the gas may have a biological source – microbes.
It is unlikely they are alive today because of the high ultra-violet radiation on the surface. More likely the gas was produced by microbes billions of years ago and then trapped by ice and released as it melted.
Donald Trump’s campaign manager has acknowledged he may need a “comeback” to win the US election as the candidates prepare for tonight’s third and final presidential debate in Las Vegas.
With less than three weeks to go until the November 8th vote, Kellyanne Conway spoke out as a string of battleground state polls put Hillary Clinton ahead.
Speaking to Fox News, she said Mr Trump had pulled off comebacks several times before, suggesting the billionaire would need to do so again – a rare acknowledgement that he might not succeed.
Meanwhile, Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine called Mr Trump a “bully” and said he wanted Mrs Clinton to “win big” to put to bed the Republican’s claims the election is rigged.
Mr Kaine said he was predicting a “scorched-earth” debate performance from Mr Trump, while Mrs Clinton would be cool and collected in the face of likely insults and histrionics.
Ahead of tonight’s debate, protesters gathered outside Trump Tower, the hotel gilded in 24 carat gold overlooking the Vegas strip.
One woman said she was voting for Mrs Clinton as “Donald Trump is bad for this country, he’s bad for women and he should not be leading this country”.
Another said Mrs Clinton simply had to show up to tonight’s debate, stay focused and not get “dragged down” by Mr Trump.
Mrs Clinton visibly rattled Mr Trump in their first showdown by using his own controversial comments about women and minorities against him.
The businessman was on the defence at the start of the second debate – which came days after the release of a video in which he brags about kissing and grabbing women – but ended on a stronger footing.
With advance voting under way in more than 30 states, at least 2.1 million people have cast ballots already.
This figure is expected to rise to 45 million before election day.
Early balloting has so far shown promise for Mrs Clinton in battlegrounds North Carolina and Florida, while Mr Trump has generally held ground in Iowa and Ohio.
Early voting is traditionally favoured by Democrats and is a key part of the Clinton campaign’s strategy.
Mr Trump is counting on a stronger performance on election day itself. Whatever the outcome of tonight’s debate, viewers can no doubt expect fireworks.
The volume of retail sales in Ireland rose by 12.6% between June and July – this reflects a spike in demand as 162 plates were introduced. This has been a trend in every year since the new registration system was introduced in 2013.
If motor sales are excluded there was a 0.5% fall in retail sales – this compares to an increase of 2.7% last year.
Motor sales increased by 12.5% – while furniture and lighting sales were 5.3% higher. The biggest decrease was in the footwear and textiles sector which fell by 2.5%.
New figures show a rebound in consumer sentiment following the Brexit vote, according to new figures from the Bank of Ireland.
Its Economic Pulse monitor rose by 2.5 points to 93.7 in August – clawing back a quarter of the dip in the previous month.
Loretta Oâ€™Sullivan, chief economist at the bank commented on the numbers:
“Although there has been a rise in sentiment, many consumers and businesses are still assessing the potential impact of Brexit. We will be closely monitoring the situation over the coming months.”
German chancellor Angela Merkel has defended her migration policy and called on more EU states to welcome asylum seekers.
“It doesnâ€™t work for some countries to say: â€˜We donâ€™t want to have Muslims at all, even if itâ€™s necessary for humanitarian reasons,” she told German broadcaster ARD after Slovak President Robert Fico pledged not to allow a “single Muslim” to enter the country.
She also commented on the UK’s imminent departure from the Union, saying, “We all agree in the European Union that Britain’s exit, the result of the referendum, will have a big impact â€¦ Rather than rushing into activities, we should perhaps first take time to think about what we, as the 27 countries, must do better.”
Ms Merkle is yet to confirm whether she will run in Germany’s general election next year. Her popularity has dipped – latest polls show that over half of all German do not want her to continue for another term.
Last week President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said that Europe needs to show “solidarity” with asylum seekers.
He added that EU nations should not be increasing border controls – and that he believes that, “Borders are the worst invention ever made by politicians.”
The Luxembourgian official added that there is a need to “fight against nationalism” across the continent, particularly the populist movements.
“We have the duty not to follow populists but to block the avenue of populists,” he told the European Forum Alpbach.
Parents are being urged to provide their children with child-sized portions as part of Safefood’s campaign to tackle childhood obesity.
Recent studies have found that infants over the age of two ate up to 40% more food when a larger portion was made available to them.
Dr Cliodhna Foley-Nolan of Safefood said: â€œItâ€™s well established that for adults, we eat more food and consume more calories when weâ€™re given bigger portions and we now recognise that this goes for children as well.
“There has also been a significant increase in food portion sizes over the past 20 years, this all contributes to more of our children nowadays carrying excess weight. Whatâ€™s also interesting is that young children up to the age of two have good appetite control and only eat what they need, but older children lose this ability to know when theyâ€™re full.â€� she added.
Portion sizes over the past 20 years have increased significantly with takeaway’s now 180% larger compared to the 1990s.
Oddly, even eating too much healthy food can be an issue as well. Dr Sinead Murphy, Consultant Paediatrician at Temple Street Childrenâ€™s Hospital, said: â€œSurprisingly we are finding on our programmes that more than half the children who are presenting as seriously overweight are in fact eating what we would consider â€˜healthy foodâ€™ but just far too much of it.
“We also know that the parents may feel they are doing the right thing for their children by filling them up with â€˜good foodâ€™ when in fact theyâ€™re creating problems for them now and in later life,” she added.
The message from Safefood is to encourage children to notice when they are full and to allow them to stop eating.
Safefoodâ€™s tips for parents on reducing portion sizes for kids:
- Kids need child-sized portions, not adult ones. So give them small portions of food on their plates to start with. If they want more, then give it to them.
- If they say theyâ€™re hungry after a meal, offer them something nutritious like fruit.
- Try to avoid have fatty and sugary snack foods freely available between and after meals.
- Donâ€™t pressure children to eat all the food on their plate and allow them to stop when they say â€˜Iâ€™ve had enoughâ€™.
- For smaller kids, use plates and cutlery that match their size, not yours.
- Remember the proportions of food you offer during the day; they should be roughly one-third fruit and veg; one-third starchy foods like bread and potatoes; one-third dairy like milk, cheese and yogurt and one-third protein like meat and fish.
- Keep treats at a realistic level â€“ a little and not every day.
Bank of Ireland has announced that it will offer its mortgage customers a 3% refund with its new Cashback Plus deal.
The bank’s existing 2% cashback deal was set to expire at the end of September, but has now been replaced with the improved offer.
The Cashback Plus scheme will give home buyers 2% cashback on their new mortgage at drawdown, plus an extra 1% cashback five years later.
It is available to Bank of Ireland’s current account customers who draw down a buyer, mover or switcher mortgage before March 31st next year.
It means those getting a â‚¬150,000 mortgage will get â‚¬3,000 straight into their account, along with an extra â‚¬1,500 after five years.
The number of mortgages approved in Ireland was up nearly 25% in the second quarter, with 6,803 new mortgages drawn down between April and June. Ulster Bank recently lowered its three-year fixed interest rate on mortgages from 3.2% to 2.99%, making it the lowest fixed rate in Ireland. In July, Pepper Homeloans reduced its variable rates to as low as 3.1%.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said hs country’s improved fiscal performance should mean an end to austerity.
Instead, he called for debt relief to help accelerate Greece’s recovery.
Tsipras told Euronews:
“Greece, which has a primary surplus of 0.7%, does not need extra measures. What Greece needs is an essential debt relief”.
“Greece, in this last turn, needs a push forward not backwards. Those who have made huge mistakes, wrong choices and projections, should not be allowed to repeat their mistakes”.
His comments came on the day when the European Commission announced that Greece had easily beaten its target of a 0.25% deficit in GDP for 2015.
The projected progress Athens will make has been a key factor in bailout talks that have now lasted months.
The European Union believes a 3.5% primary surplus by 2018 is realistic, with the International Monetary Fund in disagreement.
The IMF is pushing for debt relief as well as additional measures.