But his fears were assuaged after White House legislative affairs director Marc Short found a personal note Gorsuch had written to Trump but that Trump hadn't received.
The White House pushed back against The Post's report.
Trump "was upset that Gorsuch had pointedly distanced himself from the president in a private February meeting with Sen". He also told aides that he knew of other judges who would want the position. According to the Post, Trump even considered rescinding the nomination. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), telling the senator he found Trump's repeated attacks on the federal judiciary "disheartening" and "demoralizing".
Trump had recently attacked judges on Twitter after his travel ban suffered from repeated injunctions on constitutional grounds, which came after he mocked another judge for his Mexican heritage a year ago.
"Your address to Congress was magnificent", Gorsuch said. "And you were so kind to recognize Mrs. Scalia, remember the justice [Scalia], and mention me".
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While it's an unwritten rule that presidents tend to pick Supreme Court nominees for ideological reasons, if not political ones, the account by The Post, if true, sheds a more favorable light on Trump as commander in chief than might have been intended.
Gorsuch's comments - and Bonjean's confirmation of them - appeared to be a strategic attempt by the White House to put some distance between Gorsuch, who was seeking a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, and the President's caustic comments about the judiciary.
"The team you have assembled to assist me in the Senate is remarkable and inspiring", Gorsuch gushed.
So far Gorsuch has been everything Republicans could have hoped for, but with Trump facing multiple legal challenges, it seems that someday we'll see a real test of his supposed "loyalty" to the president.