The Associated Press reports today that US President Donald Trump’s travel ban scheduled to take effect is being blocked by judges in Hawaii and Maryland. Former US President Barack Obama’s appointee, U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang of Greenbelt, Maryland, said “Despite these changes, the history of public statements continues to provide a convincing case that the purpose of the Second Executive Order remains the realization of the long-envisioned Muslim ban”. The AP report states Chuang referred to statements President Trump supposedly said about “barring Muslims”, but no examples were given by the AP or Chuang in the report. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson of Honolulu, Hawaii states that, “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” It was not understood from the report how President Trump’s executive order affecting 6 countries that either were unstable or direct sponsors of terrorism would amount to a “complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” Watson also said that there was “evidence of religious animus” in the travel ban but no references of that accusation was in the report. The Honolulu judge also mentioned “veiled psyche” and “secret motives” of government decision-makers, but it was not understood as to what Watson could have been referring to in the AP report.