UPDATE 2:14 p.m.:
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that Gorsuch's comments were not specifically about Trump's attacks on the judiciary, including calling Judge James Robart a "so-called judge." They were about the general principle of criticizing the judiciary, according to Spicer. He also said Trump would "of course" continue to "speak his mind" about judges.
Trump said previously that Gorsuch's comments, as relayed by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) were taken out of context.
UPDATE 8:23 a.m.: Trump accused CNN anchor Chris Cuomo of not asking Sen. Richard Blumenthal about his "long-term lie" about serving in Vietnam. Blumenthal never served.
However, Cuomo mentioned that in his first question to Blumenthal in a Thursday morning interview.
Chris Cuomo, in his interview with Sen. Blumenthal, never asked him about his long-term lie about his brave "service" in Vietnam. FAKE NEWS!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017
Here's Trump's tweet.
Cuomo responded with a sigh on Twitter.
Sen.Richard Blumenthal, who never fought in Vietnam when he said for years he had (major lie),now misrepresents what Judge Gorsuch told him?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017
UPDATE 7:02 a.m.: President Trump accused Sen. Blumenthal of twisting Gorsuch's words.
Blumenthal said in 2008 that he served in the Vietnam War. But, as The New York Times reported, that was not true. Blumenthal received at least five military deferments and never served.
As the world waits in eager anticipation for the judicial ruling set to determine the fate of President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration, the Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch weighed in on Wednesday, describing the president's tweets about the federal judge in Seattle as "demoralizing" and "disheartening," according to CNN.
A spokesman for Gorsuch confirmed that the nominee initially raised concern about Trump's rhetoric during an earlier meeting with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)
"He said very specifically that they were demoralizing and disheartening and he characterized them very specifically that way," Blumenthal said of Gorsuch. "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 unacceptable President Trump's attacks on the judiciary are."
On Saturday, President Trump broke his silence on the federal court order mandating an immediate, but temporary halt to his proposed immigration ban. In a tweet, he questioned the federal judge's credentials, calling his ruling "ridiculous."
The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2017
The remarks made by Gorsuch are significant, revealing that he isn't afraid to digress from the president that appointed him.
And if the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco rules Trump's ban as unconstitutional, it's likely that the case will make its way to the Supreme Court.
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