US executive checks are being 'undermined'
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Checks on executive power are being undermined says Verrilli

US President Donald Trump is focused on “undermining the legitimacy of the judiciary as a check on executive power,” the former US solicitor general Donald Verrilli has told BBC Hardtalk’s Stephen Sackur.

“Now it’s only be a month, maybe things will settle out and we’ll return to a more normal equilibrium in our system, but based on this first month I think you have to really be concerned,” he added.

Since taking office President Trump has criticised a “so-called judge” for blocking his executive order halting all refugee admissions and temporarily barring people from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Mr Trump has also attacked sections of the media for their coverage of his administration.

Watch the full interview on BBC World News and the BBC News Channel on Tuesday 28 February 2017 or watch again on BBC iPlayer (Uk only)