President Trump blasted Sen. Richard Blumenthal Thursday for telling reporters that his Supreme Court pick called Trump’s attacks of federal judges on Twitter “demoralizing.”
"Sen.Richard Blumenthal, who never fought in Vietnam when he said for years he had (major lie),now misrepresents what Judge Gorsuch told him?" Trump tweeted Thursday morning.
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
According to Blumenthal, Gorsuch said Trump’s recent attacks of judges on Twitter were “demoralizing” and “disheartening.”
"Behind closed doors, Judge Gorsuch expressed disappointment with President Trump’s attacks on the judiciary, but a Supreme Court Justice must prove that he has the courage and independence to stand up to a President in public," Blumenthal later said in a statement.
"I asked Judge Gorsuch to make that statement publicly, and he declined."
A spokesman for the judge confirmed to CNN that he did use those terms to describe the president's tweets during his meeting with the Democratic senator.