Trump's own Supreme Court nominee criticizes his tweets against federal judge

Bryan R. Smith

Trump's Supreme Court pick calls attacks on judiciary 'demoralizing'

The order, the most divisive act of Mr Trump's three-week-old presidency, sparked protests and chaos at USA and overseas airports.

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch - in a move likely to delight Democrats even if it doesn't win him their support - rebuked President Trump for his attacks on the federal judiciary amid the court battle over his ban on travelers from terrorism-producing Mideast nations.

In a lunch with senators later, Trump said of Gorsuch: "His comments were misrepresented".

But Trump - who has repeatedly criticized judges examining the legality of his immigration ban executive order - said Blumenthal isn't telling the truth about Gorsuch.

Trump's comments about McCain came after Blumenthal told reporters that Gorsuch said during a meeting that Trump's tweets about the judiciary were "demoralizing" and "disheartening". Over the weekend, the president labeled a judge who ruled on his executive order a "so-called judge" and referred to the ruling as "ridiculous".

The appeals court decision on whether to reinstate the ban, will be just a first step in a fast-moving case.

"I don't ever want to call a court biased", Mr Trump told hundreds of police chiefs and sheriffs from major cities at a meeting in a Washington hotel on Wednesday. "Judge Gorsuch and I actually talked about that, and frankly he got pretty passionate about it".

"I believe he has an obligation to make his views known more explicit and unequivocally to the American people", Blumenthal said of Gorsuch.

Sasse said that Gorsuch told him "any attack on. brothers or sisters of the robe is an attack on all judges". So reporters not only confirmed with a Gorsuch aide that the judge had made the comments, they also found out that Gorsuch encouraged the senator to share what he had said.

As Guy said on Fox News this morning, if this report is true, then it doesn't mean Gorsuch is being "disloyal" to Trump, it simply means he's going to be loyal to the Constitution and practice judicial independence. "You can quote me".

Last year, Trump accused Indiana-born U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel of bias in overseeing a lawsuit against one of Trump's businesses, Trump University, because of his Mexican heritage.

And a White House official confirmed Gorsuch's comments to a wide range of outlets.

Democratic resistance is partly responsible. But obstructionism isn't what it used to be.

It was not clear whether Trump made much headway in his lunch with senators including Heitkamp, Manchin, No. 2 Senate Republican John Cornyn of Texas, Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa, and others.

While Trump said in interviews at the time that he "regretted not serving in many ways", he has also made light of service. Blumenthal apologized for misrepresenting his service in 2010. Cuomo, a CNN host, brought up that issue upfront with Blumenthal on Thursday. In one instance, the president questioned the legitimacy of a judge who temporarily halted the enforcement of the immigration ban, calling him a "so-called judge". "I am certain that Neil Gorsuch appreciates that federal judges must be completely free to decide every case on its merits on the law and facts before the judge".

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