Trump Reportedly Considered Pulling Supreme Court Nomination After Gorsuch Criticized Him

21 December, 2017, 01:14 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • Trump was reportedly upset by comments Gorsuch made defending the judiciary

"I never even wavered", Trump said of his decision to nominate Gorsuch.

On Monday night the Washington Post shed light on Trump's incredible self-restraint, revealing that he talked about rescinding Neil Gorsuch's nomination because he was angry that the judge privately told senators that he found the president's bashing of federal judges "disheartening" and "demoralizing". "The unnamed sources don't exist!" the president tweeted. Gorsuch was approved as a Supreme Court Justice in April. But it quickly became apparent that Trump had not been informed or bought into the strategy. Richard Blumenthal of CT that he found the president's heated attacks on judges blocking implementation of his travel ban "disheartening" and "demoralizing".

Gorsuch's effusive praise was not limited to Trump's words, but also extended to the people Trump picked to aid Gorsuch with his confirmation hearing, and by extension, the president himself.

White House officials publicly denied that Gorsuch's nomination was in jeopardy, and The Post acknowledged that Trump could have just been venting frustration without seriously considering pulling the nomination.

Gorsuch declined the Post's request for comment, but White House spokesman Raj Shah did provide a statement.

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The president did not take kindly to this, and called the newspaper "FAKE NEWS".

The White House pushed back against The Post's report.

Trump told aides he felt Gorsuch had been insufficiently grateful, but a personal letter Gorsuch penned to the President thanking him for mentioning him during a joint address to Congress and calling it "magnificent" appeared to assuage those concerns.

The Post described a meeting with top Republican leaders in which it said Trump assailed Gorsuch and said, "He's probably going to end up being a liberal like the rest of them".

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