Jeff Sessions "amazed" that "island" judge could block travel ban

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks on issues related to visas and travel after President Trump signed a new travel ban order in Washington, March 6, 2017. 

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Last Updated Apr 20, 2017 5:49 PM EDT

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday seemed to describe Hawaii as if it weren’t part of the U.S. (or possibly a lesser part) and expressed outrage that a federal judge had the ability to block the Trump administration’s travel ban.

“We are confident that the president will prevail on appeal and particularly in the Supreme Court, if not the 9th Circuit. So this is a huge matter,” Sessions, a former Republican senator from Alabama, said in an interview with radio host Mark Levin, surfaced by CNN on Thursday.

“I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and Constitutional power,” he added.

Sessions complained that the “very, very liberal Ninth Circuit” that has been “hostile” to the order.

The two Democratic senators from Hawaii were quick to pounce on the remarks as they circulated on social media Thursday.

A federal judge in Hawaii put President Trump’s revised travel ban on hold last month and later extended the order at the end of March.

The Justice Department tweeted its defense of Sessions, saying that “Hawaii is, in fact, an island in the Pacific.”

While it’s true that Hawaii is in fact, an island, the court isn’t located on that particular island -- it’s on another Hawaiian island, Oahu.

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