The Latest: Trump Says Travel Ban Could Go to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

President Donald Trump says the court fight over his refugee and immigration executive order could end up in the Supreme Court.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Trump says he’s going to take his fight to uphold the directive “through the system.” Still, he says he hopes the measure doesn’t have to go to the high court because he believes it is “common sense.”

Trump’s order paused the entire U.S. refugee program and banned entries to the U.S. from seven majority Muslim countries. Over the weekend, Seattle U.S. District Judge James Robart temporarily blocked the order, sparking harsh criticism from the president of both the judge and his decision.

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10:20 a.m.

President Donald Trump says he can’t believe his administration has to fight in the courts to uphold his refugee and immigration ban, a policy he says will protect the country.

Trump says some people with “the wrong intentions” are trying to “take a lot of our powers away.” He says that more Americans support his policies than those protesting against his executive order, which temporarily halted the entire U.S. refugee program and blocked entries from seven Muslim-majority countries.

On Tuesday, state and federal lawyers will argue over the ban before a panel of federal appellate court judges.

Trump says his order will keep bad people out of the U.S. His comments came during a White House meeting with county sheriffs.

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10 a.m.

Turkish officials say President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will hold a telephone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump — their first since the American leader took office.

Officials from Erdogan’s office said the conversation would take place around 2100 GMT, or 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Turkey’s relations with the United States under the Obama administration were strained, with Ankara frequently expressing frustrations over what it perceives as U.S. reluctance to extradite U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey accuses of orchestrating the failed July 15 military coup.

Turkey has also been angered by U.S. support to Syrian Kurdish militia fighting the Islamic State group. Ankara considers the fighters “terrorists” because of their links to Kurdish rebels in Turkey.

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8:40 a.m.

President Donald Trump’s nominee for labor secretary says a housekeeper he previously employed at his home was an undocumented worker.

Andrew Puzder said in a statement that he and his wife employed a housekeeper for a few years and they were unaware that “she was not legally permitted to work in the U.S.”

He says that when they learned of her status, “we immediately ended her employment and offered her assistance in getting legal status.”

Puzder, a fast food chain executive, adds that he and his wife have “fully paid back taxes to the IRS and the State of California.”

The revelation could complicate Puzder’s nomination.

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7:35 a.m.

President Donald Trump says it’s no fair “the haters” tie him to Russian President Vladimir Putin when President Barack Obama was the one who struck a deal with Iran.

He tweeted Monday: “I don’t know Putin, have no deals in Russia, and the haters are going crazy – yet Obama can make a deal with Iran, #1 in terror, no problem!”

Obama helped orchestrate a 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran, the U.S. and five other world powers, in which Tehran agreed to curb its uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions.

Trump has criticized that deal. He also once bragged about how well he knew Putin, but he has since walked back those comments, amid accusations that Russia meddled in the U.S. election.

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