President Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates Monday evening after she refused to defend his widely controversial and unpopular immigration ban, reported the Washington Times.
Trump immediately named Yates’ replacement, Dana Boente, as acting Attorney General and followed her dismissal with fairly harsh words.
“Ms. Yates is an Obama administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration,” the White House said. “It is time to get serious about protecting our country. Calling for tougher vetting for individuals traveling from seven dangerous places is not extreme. It is reasonable and necessary to protect our country.”
Reactions across the twitter-verse were mixed.
Sally Yates was a career prosecutor for more than 2 decades & prosecuted Olympic bomber prior to being named Deputy AG. She exits DOJ a hero
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) January 31, 2017
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) January 31, 2017
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We decided to rib the guy a little and offered this assessment of his apparently growing web skill.
— Abby Paden (@abbybear72) January 31, 2017
It isn’t clear what effect the new acting Attorney General will have on the current ban, which is also garnering mixed support and energizing protesters nationally, but it is evident that a Trump appointment is probably going to lend more defense and support to a Trump executive order in a way that an Obama carryover apparently did not.
For the meantime, the ban remains intact and even more unpopular that Trump himself.