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Hawaii lawmakers slam Sessions over remarks about travel ban judge

FILE - In this March 2, 2017, file photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. City leaders across the U.S. are vowing to intensify their fight against President Donald Trump's promised crackdown on so-called "sanctuary cities" despite the financial risks. Defiance that filled a New York City gathering of municipal officials from urban centers clashed Monday, March 27, with pointed warnings from the White House's West Wing, where Sessions issued a dire warning to urban leaders. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

FILE - In this March 2, 2017, file photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. City leaders across the U.S. are vowing to intensify their fight against President Donald Trump's promised crackdown on so-called "sanctuary cities" despite the financial risks. Defiance that filled a New York City gathering of municipal officials from urban centers clashed Monday, March 27, with pointed warnings from the White House's West Wing, where Sessions issued a dire warning to urban leaders. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)  (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Hawaii's Democratic senators criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions Thursday over remarks he made on a radio show about the federal judge who halted President Trump's revised travel ban last month. 

The judge, Derrick Watson, issued an order blocking the administration's ban on new visas for people from six Muslim-majority countries and temporarily halting the U.S. refugee program.. The Justice Department is appealing the order. 

"I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the President of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and Constitutional power," Sessions said Tuesday in an interview with radio host Mark Levin.

Sens. Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz slammed Sessions' remarks in Twitter posts.

When asked about the comment on Fox News' "The First 100 Days," Sessions said Hawaii was "a beautiful island" before adding, "We’ve got about 800 federal judges. One, protected perhaps by the 9th Circuit [Court of Appeals] has stopped an executive order by the President of the United States that I believe is constitutional and that I believe is explicitly approved by statutory law, so the process will go forward [and] appeals will be held."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.