Trump senior adviser was at the center of the troubled first attempt, and his comments hint that the new Muslim bans underpinnings are one and the same
As Donald Trumps second attempt at introducing a controversial Muslim travel ban neared its scheduled start on Wednesday, few would have been hoping for its success as anxiously as his senior adviser Stephen Miller.
Miller was the policys 31-year-old architect and was at the center of the troubled first attempt to introduce a travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries in late January.
Hardly a household name, Miller hit the airwaves at the time to explain the rationale for what many dubbed as a scaled-back version of the Muslim ban upon which Trump campaigned his TV appearances juxtaposed with chaos at airports across America.
It was not the first brush with the spotlight for the Capitol Hill staffer turned speechwriter to an unlikely president. Miller, a former aide to then senator Jeff Sessions, often warmed up the raucous crowds who flocked to Trump rallies during the presidential campaign.
But in batting down the charges against one of the administrations earliest and most prominent controversies, the young adviser cemented himself as the public face of a new worldview taking hold in the highest office of the US government.
Miller was removed from the process of writing the revised travel ban because of the legal challenges that mired the initial policy, and officials at the agencies tasked with implementing the order made a more concerted effort to avoid such legal problems this time.
But an interview Miller gave to Fox News late in January was used by legal opponents to prove that the underpinnings were one and the same, and was even cited in a temporary restraining order (TRO) that a federal judge in Hawaii placed on the revised travel ban on Wednesday night.
Fundamentally, Miller said, youre still going to have the same basic policy outcome for the country, but youre going to be responsive to a lot of very technical issues that were brought up by the court, and those will be addressed.
But, in terms of protecting the country, those basic policies are still going to be in effect.
Ideological warfare is nothing new to Miller, who as a native of Santa Monica, California, quickly grew accustomed to defending his isolationist and hard-right inclinations against the multiculturalism that has come to define America for decades.