The WatchHawk: Week three of Trump’s administration

U.S. President Donald Trump and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe depart the White House on Feb. 10, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Samantha Durham | Assistant Opinion Editor

Travel ban gets banned

After vast controversy surrounding the travel ban he instated, President Trump has been struck down for the approval of the ban. On Thursday, Feb. 9, three federal judges refused to reenact the Trump administration’s travel ban. President Trump did not accept the news lightly. Shortly after the court ruling was announced, he Tweeted, “See you in court” in reference to the rejection of the travel ban, reported CNN.

This ruling has exposed the effectiveness of Trump’s executive power, proving that his use of this ability will not go unquestioned. According to CNN, the Trump administration stated that blocking the travel ban was “contrary to the fundamental structure of our constitutional democracy.”

Now that the ban has been struck down, many stand to question Trump’s methods and how they will affect the remainder of his term. President Trump is not discouraged, though, and appears to be making plans to combat the ruling while also battling other issues of policy.

Secret Security Measures

Now that the travel ban has come to a halt, President Trump is beefing up national security in a secretive way. He announced Friday, according to CNN, that he would be unveiling his latest method to keep America safe in the coming weeks, while also continuing to restore the immigration ban. This announcement was made by Trump during a news conference that included Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, though little details were disclosed.

Alongside this vow to higher security standards, Trump also promised to remain committed to Japanese security and its areas, said CNN. The two leaders discussed the rising power of China, but also the pending threat of North Korea.

Endorsing Ivanka Trump

It was not long before Ivanka Trump’s clothing brand entered the discussion after department stores dropped her brand. Kellyanne Conway, one of the chief advisers to President Trump, got herself into some serious hot water after promoting Ivanka Trump’s clothing and accessory brand during an interview from the White House, CNN reported.

Also from CNN, during a Fox News interview, Conway stated, “go buy Ivanka’s stuff, is what I would tell you. It’s a wonderful line. I own some of it … Go buy it today, everybody. You can find it online.”

Conway could potentially get into some serious trouble legally for endorsing Ivanka Trump’s merchandise as federal law states public employees may not use their position for private gain of anyone outside of their other political affiliates.

After her interview, Conway was “counseled” on her comments about Ivanka Trump’s brand. However, even after acknowledging her mistake, Conway stated, “I spent a lot of time with the President of the United States this afternoon, and he supports me 100 percent,” reported CNN. This leads many to question conflicts of interest in the White House.