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Trump Will Fire Who Refuses to Defend His Order Closing America’s Borders to Refugees… She’s the FIRST ONE!

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President Trump fired his acting attorney general after she refused to defend his executive order closing the nation’s borders to refugees and people from predominantly Muslim countries.

In an escalating crisis for his 10-day-old administration, the president declared in a statement that Sally Q. Yates, who had served as deputy attorney general under President Barack Obama, had betrayed the administration by announcing that Justice Department lawyers would not defend Mr. Trump’s order against legal challenges.

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The president replaced Ms. Yates with Dana J. Boente, the United States attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, saying that he would serve as attorney general until Congress acts to confirm Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama. In his first act in his new role, Mr.
Boente announced that he was rescinding Ms. Yates’s order.

Mr. Boente was sworn in at 9 p.m., according to White House officials. In a statement, Mr. Boente pledged to “defend and enforce the laws of our country.”

Two minutes later, the White House officials lashed out at Ms. Yates in a statement issued by Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary.

“Ms. Yates is an Obama administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration,” the statement said.

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H/T: NYT

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