Trump considered pulling Gorsuch's nomination after personal criticism: report

Source: The Hill | December 18, 2017 | Jacqueline Thomsen

President Trump threatened to rescind his nomination of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch after Gorsuch criticized him personally, The Washington Post reported Monday.

Trump considered pulling the nomination, afraid that Gorsuch wouldn’t be “loyal” to him. He also told aides that he knew of other judges who would want the position.

One aide described Trump’s anger at the then-nominee as an “explosion,” according to The Post.

Gorsuch had told Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) in a meeting that he believed Trump’s attacks on the judicial system were “disheartening” and “demoralizing.”

Trump has repeatedly touted Gorsuch’s confirmation to the Supreme Court as one of his most important achievements since taking office.

Trump was also reportedly concerned that Gorsuch wasn’t grateful enough to him for the nomination. But his fears were assuaged after White House legislative affairs director Marc Short found a personal note Gorsuch had written to Trump but that Trump hadn’t received.


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