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Gorsuch's comments - and Bonjean's confirmation of them - appeared to be a strategic attempt by the White House to put some distance between Gorsuch, who was seeking a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, and the President's caustic comments about the judiciary.
President Trump had reportedly been unhappy that Gorsuch hadn't been appreciative enough of the nomination, and was anxious after Gorsuch appeared to be critical of some of Trump's statements regarding federal courts. Richard Blumenthal in February, when he called Trump's criticism of judges "disheartening" and "demoralizing". "And you were so kind to recognize Mrs. Scalia, remember the justice [Scalia], and mention me. He is very proud of the accomplishment", the White House spokesman Raj Shah told The Post.
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Some of his worries were eased when the judge, a member of the federal bench in Colorado before being tapped to the highest court in the land, sent him a letter in March praising his address to Congress, the Post reported.
"My young little girls were cheering the TV!" he included.
"As head of legislative affairs, our team was in charge of his nomination, and never did I view his nomination in jeopardy, nor did the president ever suggest to me that he wanted to pull him", Short said.
At the time, Gorsuch was having courtesy meetings with senators, including Blumenthal.
The Washington Post hate comes just days after Trump blasted the paper and political reporter Dave Weigel for misrepresenting crowd sizes during a recent Trump rally in Florida. "You never know with these guys". The Senate eventually confirmed Gorsuch in April by a 54-45 vote.