But, as some have already pointed out on Twitter, Tuesday's injunction was the result of the city of San Francisco suing Trump over his executive order, and the case was heard in San Francisco - it wasn't brought in from elsewhere for a friendly verdict.
In public comments and an early morning tweet-storm Wednesday and an angry late-night White House statement Tuesday, Trump blasted the "egregious overreach" and "ridiculous" ruling by an "unelected" federal judge based "in San Francisco", following a decision that blocked the administration's plans to financially punish so-called sanctuary cities. "See you in the Supreme Court!".
In the San Francisco case on sanctuary cities, Judge William Orrick Jr., an Obama appointee, linked his decision to the Constitution's provision giving Congress control over the federal purse.
He also says, "They used to call this "judge shopping!"
The administration has often criticized the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Trump's words were also cited by federal judges in Maryland and Hawaii, who last month blocked his revised ban on new visas for people from six Muslim-majority countries.
The California governments that went to court over the executive order estimate a decision to implement it could cost them up to $2 billion in federal funding.
The order also has led to lawsuits by Seattle; two MA cities, Lawrence and Chelsea and a third San Francisco Bay Area government, the city of Richmond. The initial order, issued January 25, included a provision declaring that "sanctuary jurisdictions shall be ineligible to receive federal grants".
Trump could push Congress to pass a law giving him clear authority to revoke certain funding, said Margo Schlanger, a University of MI law professor and former head of civil rights at Homeland Security during the Obama administration.
It's a case potentially headed for a Supreme Court whose newest member had to distance himself from Trump's prior judiciary bashing. "That would be so big it would be coercive". San Francisco, and cities like it, are putting the well-being of criminal aliens before the safety of our citizens, and those city officials who authored these policies have the blood of dead Americans on their hands.
In addition to Seattle, two MA cities, and the city of Richmond in the San Francisco Bay Area have challenged the executive order in court. The state has the largest number of "unauthorized immigrants" in the country, according to the Migration Policy Institute, which crunched some U.S. Census Bureau numbers.
Recipients were reminded that that they could face penalties, such as the loss of grants, for not complying.
"The government has the possibility that it could appeal", he said.