Trump thanks Obama for leaving so many judicial vacancies

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' MORE mockingly thanked his predecessor former President Obama for leaving so many judicial posts vacant despite a Republican-controlled Senate slowing down confirmations during the last two years of the Obama administration. 

“When I got in, we had over 100 federal judges that weren’t appointed,” Trump said during a speech in Ohio on Thursday. “I don’t know why Obama left that. It was like a big, beautiful present to all of us. Why the hell did he leave that?"

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"Maybe he got complacent," Trump added.

“It was like the gift from heaven. We were left judges,”  Trump said. “They are the ones that judge all your disputes. They judge on what’s fair on the environment and what’s not fair. Where they’re going to take your farms and factories away and where they’re not.”

Republicans took control of the Senate in 2014 during Obama’s last two years in office and did not confirm many of his nominees.

The Senate’s top Republicans, led by Majority Leader Mitchel McConnell (Ky.), teamed up to block Democratic efforts to push forward Obama’s nominees, slowing down confirmations by the most in six decades. 

Most notably, McConnell refused to hold a confirmation hearing on Obama’s nominee for Supreme Court justice, Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandWarren calls for Congress to pass federal laws protecting Roe v. Wade Harris 'open' to adding seats to Supreme Court Gillibrand sets litmus test: I will only nominate judges who back Roe v. Wade MORE. Trump went on to nominate Neil Gorsuch to the high court, a conservative victory.

Social media users were quick to remind Trump that the vacancies left behind by the Obama administration were not by choice.