Trump delays signing cybersecurity order to focus on immigration lawsuit
President Donald Trump delayed the planned signing of a directive on cybersecurity Tuesday afternoon as White House staff stepped up attention to legal challenges against his immigration executive orders.
Administration discussions of a lawsuit San Francisco officials filed challenging a Trump order to withhold funds from so-called sanctuary cities complicated the president’s schedule on a busy day in which he also plans to announce his Supreme Court nominee, a White House aide said. Critics dubbed as sanctuary cities municipalities that have adopted a policy of protecting undocumented immigrants by not prosecuting them for violating federal immigration laws.
The aide, who requested anonymity to candidly discuss the reason for the delay, said the administration hasn’t yet determined when it can reschedule the cybersecurity order signing.
A slew of legal challenges to an order Trump issued Friday banning travel to the U.S. by citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries provoked a showdown over the action’s legality between the White House and the acting attorney general, Sally Q. Yates. Trump dismissed Yates Monday evening for her refusal to enforce that order.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters earlier in the day that the cybersecurity order might be delayed as Trump sought input from advisers meeting Tuesday at the White House. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is leading that effort.