Ginsburg: Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is 'very easy to get along with'
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President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, is “very easy to get along with,” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Thursday, according to The Associated Press.

“I’ve worked with him, and I think he’s very easy to get along with,” she said during an appearance at George Washington University. “He writes very well.”

Ginsburg, who was nominated by President Clinton and assumed her seat on the court in 1993, said she met Gorsuch during a trip to the United Kingdom years ago.


Gorsuch, a conservative federal judge on the Colorado-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, was tapped by Trump earlier this month to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death last year.

Some Senate Democrats have floated the idea of blocking Gorsuch’s confirmation, after Republican members of the Senate refused to give former President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, a hearing or vote last year.

Gorsuch needs 60 votes to be confirmed, meaning support from at least eight Democrats.

During her appearance at GWU, the 83-year-old justice never mentioned President Trump or his embattled travel ban executive order. But, she said, immigration and “the idea of our nation being receptive to all people, welcoming of all people" is one aspect that makes “America great.”

Trump adopted the phrase “Make America great again” as his campaign slogan during the 2016 presidential race. As a presidential candidate, he promised to crack down on immigration and, at one point, proposed a ban on foreign Muslims entering the country.

His recent executive order puts a temporary halt on U.S. entry for refugees and citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries — Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.

In an interview with the BBC’s “Newsnight” on Thursday, Ginsburg defended the importance of a free press in the U.S., saying the Watergate scandal that led to President Nixon’s resignation in the 1970s evidenced the necessity of journalists.

"I read The Washington Post and The New York Times every day, and I think that the reporters are trying to tell the public the way things are," she said.

Trump has long slammed the media for covering him critically. As a presidential candidate, the real estate mogul said that, as president, he would work to open up libel laws to make it easier to sue news outlets and journalists. More recently, he has slammed major news outlets as the "enemy of the American people."