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Posted April 25, 2017

When asked by ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview Sunday on This Week about why he referred to Hawaii as an "island in the Pacific," Sessions responded "nobody has a sense of humor anymore".

Trump in a recent interview refused to say whether or not he would sign a spending bill that does not include border wall funding, but Cabinet officials have insisted the administration will get money for the wall.

Sessions said the construction of the wall would be "the end of illegality" and charged that Democrats would be exclusively responsible in the event of a government shutdown on Saturday due to a disagreement over the border barrier. In March Derrick Kahala Watson, the only Hawaiian-born federal judge now serving on a bench, issued a nationwide stay against it.

"We've got cases moving in the very, very liberal Ninth Circuit, who, they've been hostile to the order", Sessions said.

Sessions went on to defend Trump's travel ban, without returning to the Hawaii issue.

Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) said Monday that congressional efforts this week to fund the government could include appropriation for President Trump's proposed border wall. "We're gonna defend that order all the way up".

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People, especially those from Hawaii, were not amused.

"Hawaii is, in fact, an island in the Pacific - a handsome one where the Attorney General's granddaughter was born", Justice Department spokesman Ian D. Prior said in a statement.

Schatz also wrote: "State of Hawaii has many islands, not one island".

That's his assessment after drawing ire for seeming to dismiss the state of Hawaii as merely "an island in the Pacific".

According to the Associated Press, U.S. Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior clarified Sessions' statements in an email, saying the attorney general was questioning one judge's ability to block the president's executive order for the travel ban. "With so much on the line, including federal funding, public safety, and relations with immigrant communities, mayors need to know what is meant by a term being used by a lot of people to mean many different things".