WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she announced she would not defend his controversial immigration order.

He is naming Dana Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to serve in her place.

The White House press office says in a statement Monday that Yates “has 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.”

Trump’s order from Friday temporarily suspends the U.S. refugee program and bars immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries.

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

Comments (2)
  1. Kim Jong Trump strikes again. the tiny fingered dictator hates democracy and our constitution.

  2. Obama was writing executive orders long before Trump was. And no past President ever stepped in to the spotlight to criticize his successor. And no democrat I’ve spoken to, during the campaign and after the election, ever made any effort to compromise on any of the issues that deeply divide us. The Democrats under Obama were perfectly happy to force their democratic principles on the rest of the country and Clinton made it clear she was going to do the same thing. So what is that but dictating? If Americans aren’t compromising on the issues then this is not a democracy. Wrestling power away from the other party every 4 years, is not democracy.

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