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Trump Reportedly Thought About Pulling Gorsuch's Nomination. Here's Why

Trump Reportedly Thought About Pulling Gorsuch's Nomination. Here's Why

On Monday night the Washington Post shed light on Trump's incredible self-restraint, revealing that he talked about rescinding Neil Gorsuch's nomination because he was angry that the judge privately told senators that he found the president's bashing of federal judges "disheartening" and "demoralizing".

An aide told The Post that the president expressed fears Gorsuch would not be "loyal" to him and suggested he was considering rescinding his Supreme Court nomination, adding that there were other judges who would be interested in the position. 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". "The anonymous sources don't exist!"

For almost eight months, President Trump has boasted that appointing Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court ranks high among his signature achievements.

"The president's nomination of Neil M. Gorsuch was among his first and most important accomplishments during his first year in office, and delivered on a major campaign promise", he said in a statement.

In an article featuring the always reliable "people with knowledge of the discussions", The Post reported Tuesday that Trump "angrily" vented to advisers after Gorsuch was critical of the president's criticism of the federal judiciary in private meetings with legislators. The judge sent the president a handwritten letter dated March 2, thanking him for the nomination and explaining how grateful he was, according to a copy obtained by The Post. In response to the news, Trump pushed back.

In addition, the Post reported that Trump felt Gorsuch had not shown enough gratitude for the lifetime appointment. "And you were so kind to recognize Mrs. Scalia, remember the justice [Scalia], and mention me". Gorsuch was approved as a Supreme Court Justice in April.

Trump, however, signaled his approval of Gorsuch. "My teenage daughters were cheering the TV!"

The Senate later confirmed Gorsuch on a vote of 54 to 45. "I see daily their love of country and our Constitution, and know it is a tribute to you and your leadership for policy is always about personnel".