Trump still backs Gorsuch after rude remark
There’s no bad blood between President Trump and his pick for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, even after Gorsuch told Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal that Trump’s attacks on a federal judge are “demoralizing,” according to a top Trump aide.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said on Fox News Thursday that Trump isn’t reconsidering Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court after his comments to Blumenthal.
“Of course not,” she said. “The president is fully confident in the nominee.”
Conway declined to comment when asked if Gorsuch and Trump have spoken since Blumenthal told reporters about the judge’s comment. Trump tweeted earlier on Thursday morning saying Blumenthal is “misrepresenting” Gorsuch’s words, but multiple people close to the judge have confirmed the story.
Conway said criticisms that Trump is disrespecting the judiciary by criticizing the federal judge who struck down his immigration order are unfair. She said Democrats are being hypocrites because President Obama once criticized the Supreme Court justices during his State of the Union speech over the Citizens United decision.
She said Democrats shouldn’t be too happy that Gorsuch criticized Trump because he still is a conservative judge who disagrees with them on major cases. What really matters are polls coming into the White House showing Trump’s Supreme Court pick and other policy choices are resonating with the American people, Conway said.