Trump rips WaPo report on Gorsuch as 'fake news'
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Dec 20, 2017,
Dec 20, 2017, 0:40
Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch was known for his flair for language well before his appointment to the high court, but apparently his talents are not limited to judicial opinions.
The Washington Post reports that an incredulous Trump told aides he was inclined to revoke the nomination after Gorsuch told Democratic Sen.
But while Trump criticized the Post story, the President was also clearly irked by the incident at the time, lashing out on Twitter by accusing Blumenthal of having misrepresented Gorsuch's comments.
"He's probably going to end up being a liberal like the rest of them", Trump then groused to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan during a sitdown. "He is very proud of the accomplishment", spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement to The Post.
White House assistants debated the Post's announcing in on-the-record remarks, however administrative undertakings executive Marc Short recognized there was "disappointment" amid the affirmation procedure. And in some ways, it's more troubling.
It is unclear whether Trump's "explosion", as another administration official described it, truly put Gorsuch's nomination in jeopardy or whether the president was expressing his frustration aloud, as he often does.
Trump was reportedly upset by comments Gorsuch made defending the judiciary
He reportedly fretted over whether Gorsuch, lauded by the mainstream Republicans that have sometimes clashed with the White House, would be "loyal" and wondered if he were sufficiently grateful.
While that's not a good excuse for a president, it is confusing that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is part of the executive branch, yet operates independently of the White House.
Trump nominated Gorsuch in January to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia, who died a year ago.
According to the Post, Trump even considered rescinding the nomination.
Trump was reportedly upset by comments Gorsuch made defending the judiciary.. "Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), telling the senator he found Trump's repeated attacks on the federal judiciary "disheartening" and 'demoralizing, '" The Post reported.
Yet, Trump was still incensed.
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