President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that a recent report claiming he considered "rescinding" his nomination of Neil Gorsuch is "fake news". Trump denied that he ever reconsidered Gorsuch, and said he was "very proud of him and the job he is doing as a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court".
Washington Post released a report last night which indicated that the president almost rescinded his nomination for Neil Gorsuch to become the ninth justice of the Supreme Court. Gorsuch, before his confirmation, was rated as being to the right of Scalia.
"At no point did the president consider withdrawing Justice Gorsuch's nomination". Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), telling the senator he found Trump's repeated attacks on the federal judiciary "disheartening" and "demoralizing". But it quickly became apparent that Trump had not been informed or bought into the strategy.
Trump "was upset that Gorsuch had pointedly distanced himself from the president in a private February meeting with Sen".
Trump was especially upset by what he viewed as Gorsuch's insufficient gratitude for a lifetime appointment to the nation's highest court, White House officials said.
The White House pushed back against The Post's report.
The Post described a meeting with top Republican leaders in which it said Trump assailed Gorsuch and said, "He's probably going to end up being a liberal like the rest of them".
Gorsuch's comments, on which he declined to elaborate publicly, were likely part of a bid to prove his autonomy from the White House. "You never know with these guys". The story suggested that Trump was extremely angry with Gorsuch because the judge wasn't "loyal" enough for his taste, and also because Gorsuch critiqued the president for his negative past comments about the federal judiciary.