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Trump says to blame judge if 'something happens'

President Donald Trump continued his attack on judges who have ruled against his executive order Sunday. (Source: @realDonaldTrump/Twitter) President Donald Trump continued his attack on judges who have ruled against his executive order Sunday. (Source: @realDonaldTrump/Twitter)

(RNN) - The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied a motion to immediately reinstate President Donald Trump's travel ban early Sunday.

Officials with the U.S. Department of Justice asked the court late Saturday to remove a federal judge's temporary block of Trump's executive order that halts travel from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Because the court denied the Justice Department's request, the executive order will remain suspended.

Trump was slow to respond, but placed blame on U.S. District Judge James Robart in a tweet Sunday afternoon.

"Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!," Trump said.

He followed that without another tweet saying he had instructed the Department of Homeland Security to check people coming into the country, "VERY CAREFULLY."

The request for a stay was included with an appeal of the judge's order filed by the Justice Department. The appeal cites a "basic principle that an alien seeking initial admission to the United States requests a privilege and has no constitutional rights regarding his application," according to The Associated Press.

The appeal process remains ongoing with the court asking both the state of Washington and the Trump administration to file more arguments by Monday afternoon, The Associated Press reports.

Most likely the appeal will be heard before three judges, CNN reported, appointed by three presidents: Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. 

Trump is predicting success for the Justice Department's appeal. "We'll win," he told reporters Saturday night, the Associated Press reported. "For the safety of the country, we'll win."

Enforcement of Trump's order was halted nationwide Friday by Robart in Seattle, WA, after a challenge by the state of Washington. The state claimed the travel ban had caused students and faculty from state universities to be stranded overseas. 

Robart, a George W. Bush appointee, said the Trump administration failed to prove the need "to protect the U.S. from individuals" from the seven countries.  

The Department of Homeland Security said in a statement Saturday it would comply with Robart's order and would reinstate the canceled visas. The Trump administration said about 60,000 visas had been canceled. 

Trump repeatedly criticized Robart in tweets Saturday, saying during the day the opinion of the "so-called judge" ... "is ridiculous and will be overturned!" 

"The judge opens up our country to potential terrorists and others that do not have our best interests at heart," Trump tweeted Saturday night. "Bad people are very happy!"

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