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US President Donald Trump may not be in such a hurry to get the Supreme Court’s take on his controversial travel ban, after all.

Mr Trump told reporters on Air Force One on Friday evening that while he remains confident that his administration will prevail in its legal fight over the order – which affects refugees and travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries – “we have a lot of other options, including just filing a brand new order “, according to a pool report.

Mr Trump told reporters on the presidential plane on Friday evening that “in honour” of a federal appeals court ruling yesterday rebuffing his bid to lift a temporary court-ordered halt on the ban, he would likely wait until next week to respond, “perhaps Monday or Tuesday,” he said, per the report.

“The unfortunate part is that it takes time statutorily, but we will win that battle,” Mr Trump said. Some of those options include asking the full federal appeals court to review yesterday’s ruling, which was made by a three-judge panel, or letting the case return to the lower court so it can move forward to consideration of whether the order is constitutional.

Meanwhile, on Friday evening, the federal appeals court said that it would take a vote on whether to reconsider its decision on Thursday “en banc” – meaning, with a panel of 11 judges, rather than the three who originally decided the case. Both the Trump administration and the states bringing the lawsuit have been ordered to file briefs weighing in on that issue by February 16.

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