Sally Yates, who was appointed by Barack Obama, was sacked by the President after ordering the justice department not to defend his so-called “Muslim Ban”.
She claimed she was not “convinced the executive order is lawful”, adding: “My responsibility is to ensure that the position of the Department of Justice is not only legally defensible but is informed by our best view of what the law is.”
But, despite the outcry over the legitimacy of the President’s temporary ban on citizens from seven mostly Muslin countries entering the US, a British MEP accused Ms Yates of double standards.
Daniel Hannan was critical of Sally Yates during an episode of Daily Politics
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A very different standard was applied when Barack Obama used executive orders
Daniel Hannan MEP
Although Conservative Daniel Hannan did not defend the ban itself, he spoke out against the reasoning offered by Ms Yates.
“It’s worth pointing out as Trump advocates are doing that a very different standard was applied when Barack Obama used executive orders to change immigration policy,” the MEP told the BBC’S Daily Politics Show.
“But of course the fact that it has been abused before doesn’t make the abuse correct now – having opposed Obama when he did it, I think Donald Trump is also wrong to do it”.
Daniel Hannan said he did not agree with Donald Trump's travel ban
President Trump came under fire for issuing the executive order on Saturday in the absence of congressional action.
Mr Hannan called the order an “abuse of power” as he condemned the Republican for enforcing it without the advice and consent.
“I don’t see any reason why Donald Trump couldn’t have presented his proposals to chambers – so in that instance, I think [Sally Yates] is right,” he said.
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The UK Reacts To Trump's 'Muslim' Travel Ban Mon, January 30, 2017
President Trump signed an executive order banning immigration to the USA from seven 'muslim' countries. This led to protests across America and, now, the UK.
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People demonstrate during a protest at Downing Street in central London against US President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban on refugees and people from seven mainly-Muslim countries
In 2014, the then President Obama also implemented a number of changes to the US’ immigration policy using executive orders.
The Democrat offered temporary legal status to millions of illegal immigrants, along with an indefinite reprieve from deportation.
Mr Obama’s policy came under fire at the time from outraged Republicans in Congress, who said he did not have the authority to delay deportations without legislation.
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