White House policy adviser Stephen Miller went on on “Fox News Sunday” to defend Donald Trump’s criticism of federal judges.
“Statements that you can’t criticize a judge demonstrate a profound misunderstanding of what it means to have separate and equal branches. Of course one branch can criticize another branch of government. It’s ludicrous to say that Congress can criticize the president and the president can criticize Congress and judges can criticize the president, but the president can’t criticize judges.”
Trump has faced backlash for criticizing federal judges. In a tweet earlier this month, the president said the opinion of the “so-called judge” in Seattle who issued a temporary restraining order halting his immigration ban “takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned.”
A three-judge panel later decided not to reinstate Trump’s order temporarily barring refugees and people from seven predominately Muslim countries from entering the U.S.
Miller on Sunday criticized the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, saying the judges made a “broad overreaching statement about the ability to check executive power.”
“The 9th Circuit has a long history of being overturned and the 9th Circuit has a long history of overreaching. We don’t have judicial supremacy in this country. We have three co-equal branches of government.”
Miller added that “of course” the president has the authority to impose “moderate, necessary and sensible restrictions, including putting in place new vetting procedures.”