Trump to Meet Red State Dem Senators for Thursday Lunch
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 11, 2017,
Feb 11, 2017, 16:35
Sen. Deb Fischer said Thursday that it's up to President Donald Trump to decide whether to send more us troops to Afghanistan, but the administration needs to "have good reason" to do so and be ready to explain that decision. This prompted a tweet from President Trump, who accused Blumenthal of misrepresenting what Gorsuch said.
Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal told reporters on Wednesday afternoon that Gorsuch called Trump's Twitter comments about federal judge James Robart "disheartening" and "demoralizing," in a private meeting.
The president has a rare opportunity to fill a number of vacant seats not seen since President Bill Clinton, who had 111 to fill, greatly impacting the judicial landscape for years to come.
However, Gorsuch's own aides, including former U.S. senator Kelly Ayotte, who is guiding the nomination, confirmed that it is pretty much what Gorsuch said.
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"Go buy Ivanka's stuff.I'm going to go get some myself today", Conway told Fox News in an interview.
And on Thursday morning, Blumenthal said on MSNBC Gorsuch specifically told him he "should feel free to mention what I said about these attacks being disheartening and demoralizing". Some have gone so far as to say Republicans "stole" the seat by holding it vacant until a Republican entered the White House.
"The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!" one of the president's tweets said. Mr. Trump has called the judges "disgraceful" and even pre-emptively blamed them for any future terror attacks in the USA, were they not to uphold the travel ban.
"I hope to fill this vacancy with a well-qualified candidate who supports a conservative judicial philosophy", he said at the time.
Gorsuch was responding to a prior Trump attack, when the president disparaged the federal judge who blocked his executive order banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Gorsuch's criticism of Trump puts the president, quick to react to the smallest slight, in a bit of a bind. Several other senators, including Republican Sen.
Democrats have called Mr Trump's Twitter comments about the justice system an attack on a core principle of American democracy that the judiciary is independent and upholds the rule of law.