President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, on Tuesday night called former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaWhite House debates vaccines for air travel Five questions and answers about the debt ceiling fight Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward MORE's nominee, according to multiple reports.
Gorsuch made the call to Merrick Garland immediately following the announcement of his nomination "out of respect," according to an NBC News reporter.
So who was Neil Gorsuch's first phone call post-SCOTUS nomination speech? Merrick Garland, per spox, "out of respect." (via @AlexNBCNews)— Hallie Jackson (@HallieJackson) February 1, 2017
SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch's first call last night was to Obama's nominee Merrick Garland, per comms advisor dealing with Gorsuch— Dianne Gallagher (@DianneG) February 1, 2017
The president on Tuesday announced his selection of Gorsuch, a well-respected conservative who sits on the Colorado-based 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, to succeed Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.
"Millions of voters said this was the single most important issue to them, and I am a man of my word and will do what i say, something the American people have been asking of Washington for a very long time," Trump said when introducing the nominee.
Gorsuch said Tuesday he looked forward to speaking with lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to answer their questions and hear their concerns.
Many Democrats remain bitter over the GOP's treatment of Garland, a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, whom Obama nominated after Scalia's death in February 2016. Senate Republicans refused to give Garland a vote or a hearing, arguing the decision on filling Scalia's seat should be made by the next president.