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Stephanopoulos to Pence: ‘Is It Appropriate’ for Trump to Attack Legitimacy of Judge Who Blocked Travel Ban?


ABC This Week previewed their upcoming interview with Vice President Mike Pence, where he was asked about President Trump’s slams against the federal judge who brought an injunction against his immigration-restricting executive orders.

In response to the temporary block on his travel ban, Trump has been blasting Seattle District Judge James Robart while referring to him as a “so-called judge.” George Stephanopoulos spoke to Pence about this, asking “is it appropriate” for Trump to question the legitimacy of a federal judge.

Pence defended the legality and the purpose of the executive order, but Stephanopoulos went in further by asking if Trump’s comments “undermine the separation of powers in the Constitution?”

“I don’t think it does,” said Pence. “I think the American people are very accustomed to this president speaking his mind and speaking very straight with them.”

Stephanopoulos also asked Pence about what makes Robart a “so-called judge,” and whether the judge has the judicial authority to halt Trump’s order.

You can watch how Pence responded in the video above, via ABC. The complete interview will air on Sunday.

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