The White House is denying a new report from the Washington Post claiming that Trump was reconsidering Gorsuch’s nomination.
Amid concerns that Neil Gorsuch would not be “loyal” to him, the Post claims President Donald Trump considered revoking Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court after he was critical of Trump’s comments regarding the federal judiciary.
The Post claims that Trump confided in his advisers that he was displeased with Gorsuch’s remarks to Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., about Trump’s criticism of the federal judiciary, which Gorsuch called “disheartening” and “demoralizing.”
Gorsuch’s comments caused Trump to question the judge’s loyalty and consider rescinding his nomination to the high court.
Staffers at the White House and on Capitol Hill were concerned over Trump’s perception that Gorsuch demonstrated a lack of gratefulness for being nominated by making such comments to Blumenthal, and worried that it would have a negative effect on Gorsuch’s confirmation.
Gorsuch submitted a handwritten letter to Trump on March 2, in which he expressed his gratitude for the nomination, but Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short said that Trump did not receive Gorsuch’s letter until March 10.
“As head of legislative affairs, our team was in charge of his nomination, and never did I view his nomination in jeopardy, nor did the president ever suggest to me that he wanted to pull him,” Short said. “The process obviously caused frustration, but that frustration was compounded by the fact that Gorsuch had sent him a personal letter that he never received.”
The White House also denied that Trump threatened to revoke Gorsuch’s nomination.
“The president’s nomination of Neil M. Gorsuch was among his first and most important accomplishments during his first year in office, and delivered on a major campaign promise,” White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement. “At no point did the president consider withdrawing Justice Gorsuch’s nomination. He is very proud of the accomplishment.”
Trump himself weighed in on Twitter, calling the report that he considered revoking Gorsuch’s nomination “FAKE NEWS.”
A story in the @washingtonpost that I was close to “rescinding” the nomination of Justice Gorsuch prior to confirmation is FAKE NEWS. I never even wavered and am very proud of him and the job he is doing as a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. The unnamed sources don’t exist!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2017
In April, Gorsuch was confirmed to the Supreme Court, filling the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 10, 2017
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