BALTIMORE (WJZ/AP) — The White House announced Monday evening that President Donald Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates, and is placing U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Dana Boente, in the position.

In a statement, The White House says Yates “betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States.”

The statement calls Yates an Obama administration appointee “who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.”

This decision comes days after the President’s executive order, temporarily suspends the U.S. refugee program and bars immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries. Yates released a memo on Monday to top lawyers at the Justice Department, questioning such strict border regulations and directing DOJ legal counsel not to defend the President’s order.

Trump has picked Sen. Jeff Sessions to lead the Justice Department, but he has yet to be confirmed by the Senate.

The full statement from the White House:

“The acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States. This order was approved as to form and legality by the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel.

Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.

It is time to get serious about protecting our country. Calling for tougher vetting for individuals traveling from seven dangerous places is not extreme. It is reasonable and necessary to protect our country.

Tonight, President Trump relieved Ms. Yates of her duties and subsequently named Dana Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to serve as Acting Attorney General until Senator Jeff Sessions is finally confirmed by the Senate, where he is being wrongly held up by Democrat senators for strictly political reasons.

“I am honored to serve President Trump in this role until Senator Sessions is confirmed. I will defend and enforce the laws of our country to ensure that our people and our nation are protected,” said Dana Boente, Acting Attorney General.

Democratic lawmakers, including Maryland Senator Ben Cardin, joined hundreds on the steps of the Supreme CourMondayay night and condemned President Trump’s executive order.
“We are here tonight to make sure that this executive order is repealed and never becomes effective here in the United States of America,” says Senator Cardin.
The order, enacted last week, caught many by surprise, and it caused confusion at some U.S. airports over the weekend, Where dozens of travelers who were trying to enter the US, were detained.
Monday morning, the president tweeted:
“Only 109 people out of 325,000 were detained and held for questioning. Big problems at airports caused by delta computer outage.”
The White House adamantly denies this is a ban on Muslims.
“The president is going to be very proactive with protecting this country. We are not going to wait until we get attacked and try to figure out how we are going to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” says White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
The White House says it’s working on a 90 days review process, but action needed to be taken now.

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Comments (4)
  1. Ford Hanson says:

    President Obama puts six month ban on Iraqi refugees in 2011 and media..crickets.
    President Trump puts 120 day suspension on Syrian refugees explodes.
    Obama selects 7 countries for enhanced visa security policy and media..crickets.
    Trump uses Obama law, same Obama DHS policy, and same 7 countries for a 90 day visa suspension and media explodes.

  2. glad you trump atlethic supporters like your dictator, two-faced, thin-skinned orkhole.

    1. Pot calling the kettle black …………………

  3. Good…no room for leftwing losers. she can go to her guarded ,gated estate and wonder where she is going to go shopping now.

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