President Trump considered withdrawing his nomination of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch after Gorsuch called Trump’s attacks on judicial system “disheartening” and “demoralizing,” causing Trump to explode in anger over whether the judge would be “loyal” to him, The Washington Post reported Monday.
Trump reportedly threatened to rescind the nomination, telling aides that he knew of other judges that would want the job, with one aide describing Trump’s anger at Gorsuch as an “explosion,” according to The Post.
During a meeting with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Gorsuch said that he believed Trump’s attacks on the judicial system were “disheartening” and “demoralizing.”
The Hill added:
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 Trump 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.
“Your address to Congress was magnificent. And you were so kind to recognize Mrs. Scalia, remember the justice, and mention me,” the letter read. “My teenage daughters were cheering the TV!”
The White House denied The Post’s reporting.
“At no point did the president consider withdrawing Justice Gorsuch’s nomination. He is very proud of the accomplishment,” White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement to The Post.