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Washington – White House Senior Policy Adviser Stephen Miller, the author of the controversial executive order, said the administration was simultaneously weighing several legal options after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously on Thursday against reinstating the travel ban, which had been blocked temporarily by a federal judge in Washington State.

“I want to say something very clearly, and this is going to be very disappointing to the people protesting the president and the people in Congress. The president’s powers here are beyond question,” Miller said on Fox News.

Miller said that officials are considering appealing with the 9th Circuit and having an emergency hearing “en banc,” or before all judges on the court, seeking an emergency stay at the Supreme Court, taking the case to trial at the district level, or writing a new executive order for Trump to sign that would withstand legal scrutiny.

“Congratulations Stephen Miller- on representing me on the various Sunday morning shows. Great job!” said U.S. President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter praising Miller’s performance.

In an article published in Washington Post by Rosalind Helderman, Miller’s profile indicated his political orientations.

The article said that as a young conservative in liberal Santa Monica, Calif., Stephen Miller clashed frequently with his high school, often calling in to a national radio show to lambaste administrators for promoting multiculturalism, allowing Spanish-language morning announcements and failing to require recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Miller’s outrage did not appear to subside after he graduated.

As a Duke University sophomore, Miller penned a column, titled “Santa Monica High’s Multicultural Fistfights,” in which he ripped his alma mater as a “center for political indoctrination.”

“The social experiment that Santa Monica High School has become is yet one more example of the dismal failure of leftism and the delusions and paranoia of its architects,” Miller wrote in the 2005 article for the conservative magazine FrontPage.

In the years before he became a top adviser to President Trump and a leading West Wing advocate for the executive order temporarily halting entry into the United States from seven majority-Muslim countries, Miller was developing his skills as a culture warrior and conservative provocateur eager to condemn liberal orthodoxy — particularly on matters of race and identity.

Like Trump, Miller forged that identity while immersed in liberal communities, giving him cachet with fellow conservatives for waging his battles on opposition turf.