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Tuesday, 07 February 2017 - 7:15
US defends 'lawful' Trump travel ban
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The US has defended President Donald Trump's travel ban and urged an appeals court to reinstate it in the interests of national security.

A 15-page brief filed by the Justice Department argued it was a "lawful exercise of the president's authority" and not a ban on Muslims.

The executive order temporarily banned entry from all refugees and visitors from 7 mainly Muslim countries.

A hearing has been set for Tuesday on whether to back or reject the ban.

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