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US Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch calls Trump's judge attacks 'demoralizing'

Washington: Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, on Wednesday, called Trump's attacks on a federal judge "demoralizing" and "disheartening."

Gorsuch made the comments in a meeting with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, when he was asked about Trump's attacks on Twitter and in speeches. Trump has called a federal judge who blocked his travel ban from seven Muslim-majority countries a "so-called judge."

He has also urged his followers to blame the judge and the judiciary, should there be any terrorist attack carried out by an immigrant.

"My strong hope is that he will be more vehement publicly," Blumenthal told reporters after meeting with Gorsuch. "He certainly expressed to me that he is disheartened by the demoralizing and abhorrent comments made by President Trump about the judiciary, but I will be asking for more specific and forthcoming responses to those kinds of questions before I determine how I will vote."

A Gorsuch spokesman confirmed the comments were made during the Wednesday afternoon meeting, when he was asked about the "so-called judge" line.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said Gorsuch's rebuttal of Trump "should be very satisfying to Democrats."

"It shows that he's very much an independent person and he defends the judiciary," Grassley said.