John Roberts, Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court has clashed with President Donald Trump in a statement released on Wednesday. For the first time in history, the leader of the federal judiciary has criticised the President over his comments of judges who have ruled against him.
The statement came after Trump called Judge Jon Tigar an “Obama judge”, after he blocked the President’s attempt to deny asylum to migrants crossing the Southern US border illegally. In that case, Tigar went on record to say: “Whatever the scope of the President’s authority, he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden.”
Roberts responded in an unprecedented statement against the President.
“We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges.
“What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them. That independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for.”
Roberts was appointed by former President George W Bush, whereas Tigar was appointed by former President Barack Obama.
Trump responded to the criticism on Twitter, defending his claims, and calling the rulings made against him “dangerous and unwise”.
“Sorry Chief Justice John Roberts, but you do indeed have “Obama judges”, and they have a much different point of view than the people who are charged with the safety of our country.
“It would be great if the 9th circuit was indeed an “independent judiciary”, but if it is why are so many opposing view (on Border and Safety) cases filed there, and why are a vast number of those cases overturned?
“Please study the numbers, they are shocking. We need protection and security – these rulings are making our country unsafe! Very dangerous and unwise!”
This isn’t the first time Trump has clashed with the federal judiciary, after using the term “so-called judge” after it was ruled that he could not bring a travel ban on people from several Muslim-majority countries.