President Trump on Thursday contradicted a spokesman for his Supreme Court nominee in a tweet blasting Sen. Richard BlumenthalRichard BlumenthalGorsuch rewrites playbook for confirmation hearings Overnight Cybersecurity: House Intel chair says surveillance collected on Trump transition team Dem senators reintroduce cybersecurity bills for cars, planes MORE (D-Conn.), who told reporters that Judge Neil Gorsuch called Trump's tweets attacking federal judges "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?" the president 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
In a later statement, Blumenthal urged Gorsuch to make his concerns public.
"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 said.
"I asked Judge Gorsuch to make that statement publicly, and he declined."
Trump has fought the decision ever since.
On Wednesday president also went after the panel of federal judges weighing the Department of Justice's appeal to restore the travel ban.
“I don’t want to call a court biased, so I won’t call it biased,” Trump said at a gathering of the Major Cities Chiefs Association in Washington.
“Courts seem to be so political and it would be so great for our justice system if they could read a statement and do what’s right.”
Lawmakers on both sides have condemned Trump's attack on the judiciary.
Blumenthal said during a press conference in 2010 that he had misspoken about his service in the Vietnam War. He was in the Marine Corps Reserves for six years during the war. He said he meant to say he served "during Vietnam" instead of "in" Vietnam.
"On a few occasions I have misspoken about my service, and I regret that and I take full responsibility," Blumenthal said, according to a Washington Post report. "But I will not allow anyone to take a few misplaced words and impugn my record of service to our country."
A report last year found that Trump has received five deferments from the military draft during the Vietnam War. He was granted one medical and four education deferments, which kept him out of the conflict.
This report was updated at 8:55 a.m.