WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is not shying away from his criticism of judges over the suspension of the administration’s travel ban, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday.
“He has no regrets,” Spicer said during the press briefing.
Spicer’s remarks came after it was revealed that Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Judge Neil Gorsuch, told Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) that the president’s attack on the federal judiciary were “disheartening” and “demoralizing.”
Trump said Thursday in a tweet that the comments were misrepresented, a characterization that Spicer backed up. The press secretary pointed to a statement from Sen. Kelly Atotte (R-N.H.), who is ushering Gorsuch on the hill, that said Gorsuch was speaking generally and not specifically about Trump’s statements.
“The judge was very clear that he was not commenting on any specific manner,” Spicer said.
Gorsuch made the comments to Blumenthal during a private meeting on Wednesday, the senator told reporters. Sit-downs with senators who will vote on Gorsuch’s nomination are routine.
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) said on MSNBC Thursday morning that he had specifically asked Gorsuch about Trump’s Twitter comments and that the nominee “got pretty passionate about it.”
“This is a guy who kind of welled up with some energy and he said, ‘Any attack on,’ I think his term to me was,’ ‘brothers and sisters of the robe is an attack on all judges,” Sasse said on “Morning Joe.”
Trump has delivered a series of tweets criticizing judges for ruling to temporarily suspend the travel ban.
During remarks to law enforcement personnel on Wednesday, Trump said the behavior from some judges has been “disgraceful” during the ordeal.
Spicer said Thursday that he expects Trump to continue voicing his displeasure with the judiciary.
“The president’s going to speak his mind.”