President Donald Trump said Thursday he will issue a new order restricting travel from nations the administration says are linked to terrorism rather than appeal a court hold on the current ban.
The administration, which has been losing court battles around the nation over the ban, promised the new order at a news conference and in written arguments filed with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
"As far as the new order, the new order is going to be very much tailored to the what I consider to be a very bad decision," Trump said of the appeals court's ruling last week blocking enforcement of the controversial restrictions on travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries.
Trump did not clarify details of what would be in the new order, saying only that it would be "tailored" to the previous rulings issued by "bad" courts -- most of which concluded that challenges to its constitutionality would likely prevail.
The president also downplayed the chaos that erupted at airports around the world in the wake of the travel ban, as workers, students, people trying to visit families in the U.S. and others with valid visas were either denied permission to board planes or turned away after arriving in the U.S.
State Department officials said an estimated 60,000 visas were canceled. Trump blamed much of the turmoil at U.S. airports on a Delta Airlines computer outage.
"Let me tell you about the travel ban. We had a very smooth rollout of the travel ban. But we had a bad court. Got a bad decision," he said. "The rollout was perfect."
Given the plans for the new executive order, Trump administration officials said they would no longer pursue an appeal of the 9th Circuit's hold on the previous order.
"Rather than continuing this litigation," the administration said in a brief, "the president intends in the near future to rescind the order and replace it with a new, substantially revised executive order to eliminate what the panel erroneously thought were constitutional concerns."
The 9th Circuit's active judges had been expected to vote on whether to reconsider the previous action upholding the hold on the ban, taken by a three-member motions panel of the court, after the close of briefing Thursday.