Trump denies he considered pulling Neil Gorsuch nomination: 'I never even wavered'

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President Donald Trump reportedly told associates earlier this year that he was thinking about withdrawing Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the U.'S.

"The president anxious that Gorsuch would not be 'loyal, ' one of the people said, and told aides that he was tempted to pull Gorsuch's nomination - and that he knew plenty of other judges who would want the job". "The anonymous sources don't exist!"

Indeed, Trump is said to have exploded over the apparent criticism from Gorsuch-prompting fears the Supreme Court Justice's confirmation would collapse.

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One source told the Post that Trump was concerned Gorsuch would not be "loyal" to him. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, that he found the president's attacks on the federal judiciary "disheartening" and "demoralizing," the report said.

The Washington Post story itself acknowledges that it is "unclear" whether Trump was seriously considering rescinding the Gorsuch appointment or merely voicing frustrations with the headlines. "He is very proud of the accomplishment", the White House spokesman Raj Shah told The Post.

Trump nominated Gorsuch in January to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia, who died previous year.

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Aides said Trump did not immediately receive the note, but it was retrieved by legislative affairs director Marc Short and then viewed by Trump on March 10, helping ease his concerns. "The process obviously caused frustration, but that frustration was compounded by the fact that Gorsuch had sent him a personal letter that he never received". The Senate eventually confirmed Gorsuch in April by a 54-45 vote. The president called one a "so-called" judge, and described an appeals court panel as "disgraceful".

Taking to #Twitter to push back against the report in the Washington Post, Donald Trump was once again defiant on Tuesday morning. On Twitter he accused Blumenthal (and thus Bonjean) of lying about what Gorsuch said, and attacked the senator for misrepresenting his Vietnam service years ago.

"Your address to Congress was magnificent", Gorsuch wrote. "You never know with these guys".

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