More judges use Trump’s words to block policy

Two federal court rulings this week follow a pattern of judges ruling against Trump administration policies by citing the president’s tweets or other remarks.

On Monday a federal judge in San Francisco, William Orrick, used Trump’s words to support a ruling halting part of the president’s order to cut federal funding to sanctuary cities or other jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with the enforcement of immigration laws. And on Tuesday, a federal judge in Maryland issued a temporary stop to Trump’s new policy to prohibit the Pentagon from paying for gender-reassignment treatments for service members, inserting screen captures of three Trump tweets in his opinion.

In the Maryland case, Judge Marvin J. Garbis, the second federal judge to issue a ruling in favor of transgender troops, wrote: “A capricious, arbitrary, and unqualified tweet of new policy does not trump the methodical and systematic review by military stakeholders qualified to

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