DONALD Trump has become embroiled in a row with his own nominee for the supreme court after the judge criticised the president’s ‘demoralising’ attitude towards the courts.
Judge Neil Gorsuch hit out following several days of attacks by Mr Trump against ‘disgraceful’ judges who secured a temporary halt to his controversial ban on immigration from seven majority Muslim countries.
Democrat senator Richard Blumenthal told reporters Mr Gorsuch had said to him in a private meeting on Wednesday that the judge thought the president’s statements were ‘demoralising and disheartening’.
The comments were later confirmed as being accurate by Mr Gorsuch’s spokesman. But yesterday Mr Trump, without offering any evidence, claimed the senator had twisted the judge’s words. He also took a swipe at Mr Blumenthal’s war record. The senator apologised in 2010 for implying he had served in the Vietnam War, when in fact he had remained in America in the Marine Corps reserves.
Mr Trump tweeted: ‘Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who never fought in Vietnam when he said for years he had (major lie), now misrepresents what Judge Gorsuch told him?
‘[TV anchor] Chris Cuomo, in his interview with Sen. Blumenthal, never asked him about his long-term lie about his brave “service” in Vietnam. FAKE NEWS!’
■ MEDIA mogul Rupert Murdoch sat in on Donald Trump’s first UK interview as US president, it has emerged. The Times-owner listened as former cabinet minister Michael Gove quizzed the tycoon on behalf of the newspaper.