Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts offered a stern rebuke of President Donald Trump’s most recent attack on a member of the judiciary, after Trump described a judge who ruled against his migrant asylum policy as an “Obama judge”, according to The Associated Press.
> It's the first time the Republican-appointed leader of the federal judiciary has offered even a hint of criticism of Trump, who has previously blasted federal judges who ruled against him.
> Roberts said Wednesday the U.S. doesn't have "Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges." He commented in a statement released by the Supreme Court after a query by The Associated Press.
> Roberts said on the day before Thanksgiving that an "independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for."
Trump has lashed out at judges in the past, labeling one a “so-called judge” after a ruling against his travel ban and suggesting a judge of Mexican heritage could not rule objectively in a case against Trump University due to Trump’s planned border wall.
> Trump had spoken Tuesday when a reporter asked for his reaction to a ruling by U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco that put the administration's asylum policy on hold.
> The president complained that his opponents file their lawsuits in courts that are part of the liberal-leaning 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
> "Every case that gets filed in the 9th Circuit, we get beaten. And then we end up having to go to the Supreme Court, like the travel ban, and we won," Trump said.
The AP noted that it was a judge appointed by Republican President George W. Bush who first ruled against Trump’s travel ban in 2017.