To the delight of decent people everywhere, a federal judge on Friday issued a ruling blocking Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim immigration ban. As a result, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which was the federal agency primarily responsible for implementing Trump’s ban, was forced to immediately cease enforcement of the ban.
This did not go over well with accused racist, white nationalist, and key architect of the immigrant ban, Steve Bannon. According to reports, when Bannon learned that DHS intended to stop enforcing the ban, Bannon showed up at DHS chief John Kelly’s office and demanded that Kelly reinstate the ban immediately.
New York Magazine reports that the interaction went as follows:
“Chief White House strategist Steve Bannon tried to order Department of Homeland Security secretary John Kelly to not issue a waiver exempting green card holders from President Trump’s travel ban executive order…. Per two Trump administration officials who spoke with the [Washington] Post’s Josh Rogin, Kelly ultimately rebuffed the attempt, telling Bannon that he only takes orders from the president.”
“The president never weighed in, and Kelly went ahead and issued the waiver, which was made public on Sunday night. That waiver ended two full days of confusion and chaos around the question of whether or not permanent U.S. residents from the seven predominantly Muslim nations included in the ban would be allowed to reenter the country. The White House itself then confirmed that green card holders were exempt from the order on Tuesday.”
It is reassuring to see that at least some members of the Trump administration will stand up to Bannon.
[Note: The White House is denying certain details of New York Magazine’s account. The author of the New York Magazine article stands by his story]