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Looks like President Donald Trump will have to wait another day, at least, before he gets an answer from a federal appeals court on whether to unfreeze a controversial travel ban.

The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed that no ruling will be handed down on Wednesday, just a day after a three-judge panel heard arguments from the Justice Department and states challenging the ban. The judges did not signal how they would rule, but did say they would move as quickly as possible – probably by the end of the week – to issue their decision, which may well be appealed yet higher to the Supreme Court.

It’s unusual for a federal appeals court to signal the timing of its decisions, but the whirlwind case has already drawn tremendous public interest, with thousands of people tuning in yesterday for a live audio broadcast of arguments in the case.

Of course the man in the White House is watching closely too. Mr Trump on Wednesday said: “The courts seem to be so political, and it would be so great for our justice system if they would be able to read a statement and do what’s right, and that has got to do with the security of our country, which is so important.”

And in a possible reference to the impending decision, Mr Trump tweeted on Wednesday: “Big increase in traffic into our country from certain areas, while our people are far more vulnerable, as we wait for what should be EASY D!”

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