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Supreme Court nominee calls Trump’s tweets ‘disheartening’

Washington, Feb 9: US Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch said that President Dold Trump’s tweets about the judiciary were “demoralising” and “disheartening”, the media reported. In a meeting with Connecticut Democratic Setor Richard Blumenthal on Wednesday, Gorsuch, who was nomited last week, took exception to Trump calling a federal judge in Seattle a “so-called judge” after blocking the President’s executive order to temoprarily ban citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, CNN reported. “He said very specifically that they were demoralizing and disheartening and he characterized them very specifically that way,” Blumenthal said of Gorsuch, a federal appeals court judge from Colorado. “I said they were more than disheartening and I said to him that he has an obligation to make his views clear to the American people, so they understand how abhorrent or ucceptable President Trump’s attacks on the judiciary are.”

Gorsuch’s spokesman Ron Bonjean confirmed Gorsuch calling Trump’s tweet about the “so-called judge” “disheartening” and “demoralising” in his conversation with Blumenthal.

Blumenthal, a member of the Sete Judiciary Committee, said he brought up examples of Trump’s recent rhetoric, including the tweets and the President’s criticism of the federal court on Wednesday morning before law enforcement officials. That was when Gorsuch expressed disappointment in Trump’s comments, Blumenthal said.

“He didn’t disagree with me on that point”, CNN reported. “I said to him if a litigant before your court — and the President of the United States is in fact a litigant right now in the immigration ban cases — said what President Trump said, you would hold him in contempt of court,” Blumenthal said. Blumenthal was one of three Democratic setors that Gorsuch met with on Wednesday. He also sat down with Democratic Setors Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. (IANS)

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