On Sunday, Donald Trump’s senior policy adviser received widespread criticism after he appeared on a number of talk shows and emphasised the president’s “very substantial” powers.
The part that got many people scratching their heads was when Stephen Miller said Donald Trump “will not be questioned”.
However, a second look at his appearances reveals something else.
Here’s what he had to say about the judiciary, following the decision to block Trump’s attempt to ban citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries entering the US.
Compiled in a handy video by MSNBC, Miller said:
I think to say we’re in control [at the White House] would be a substantial understatement.
We have equal branches of government in this country. The judiciary is not supreme.
There’s no such thing as judicial supremacy. What the judges did, both at the ninth and at the district level was to take power for themselves that belonged squarely in the hands of the President of the United States.
This is an ideological disagreement between those who believe we should have borders and should have controls and those who believe there should be no borders and no controls.
This is a judicial usurpation of power.
Miller presents the judiciary’s decision to block the ban – which was deemed to be illegal – as a defiance of the president’s authority.
Journalist David Ignatius sounded warning bells over Miller’s comments.
What Stephen Miller said should worry everyone because it’s a challenge to the way our government works.
Robert Barnes, of the Washington Post, wrote that while the Supreme Court tends to defer to the president when it comes to decisions based on national security, they can still lawfully challenge him.
In 1952, Congress said the president has the authority to “suspend the entry of all aliens” whenever he deems them to be detrimental to the US.
A later amendment confirms that this only applies in so far as “no person shall receive any preference or priority or be discriminated against in the issuance of an immigrant visa because of race, nationality, place of birth, or place of residence.”