US District Judge Derrick Watson ruled on Wednesday night that the state of Hawaii, in its legal challenge to Trump's executive order, had established that the travel ban could not be enforced, hours before it was due to come into effect. He ruled that the ban is unconstitutional.
The judge ruled, citing several comments made by Trump, that the travel ban is, despite the administration’s denials, a Muslim ban. His ruling applies nationwide.
Following the decision by the Hawaii court, speaking at a rally in Nashville, Tennessee, Trump described the ruling as “terrible” and vowed to fight against it.
"The law in the constitution gave the president the power to suspend immigration when he deems it to be in the national interest of our country," he said.
"We're going to take our case as far as it needs to go, including all the way up to the Supreme Court,” Trump said.
“We're going to win,” he continued. “The danger is clear. The law is clear. The need for my executive order is clear."
Protesters chant during a rally against the travel ban at San Diego International Airport on March 6, 2017 in San Diego, California.
Hawaii is one of several US states trying to stop Trump’s order which would place a 90-day ban on people from six predominantly Muslim nations.
The Hawaii court was the first to rule on several legal challenges against the travel ban, which targets people from six mainly Muslim countries.
Later on Wednesday, decisions were expected from federal courts in Washington state and Maryland.
An earlier version of Trump’s decree, which sparked protests, was blocked by a federal judge in Seattle, Washington -- a decision that was upheld by an appeals court in San Francisco, California.