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Trump: 'We could hardly hear' boos, chanting at Supreme Court

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska NYT: Trump had 7 million in debt mostly tied to Chicago project forgiven MORE on Thursday claimed he could "hardly hear" loud chants and boos from protesters outside the Supreme Court when he arrived to pay respects to the late Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgBarrett starts fraught first week as Supreme Court faces fights over election, abortion rights Bitter fight over Barrett fuels calls to nix filibuster, expand court Barrett to use Supreme Court chambers previously used by Ruth Bader Ginsburg MORE.

"That was just a political chant. We could hardly hear it from where we were," Trump told reporters at the White House.

"Somebody said there was some chanting. But they were right next to the media," he continued. "But we really could hardly hear too much. We heard a sound but it wasn't too strong."

Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: One week from Election Day | Biden looks to expand map | Trump trails narrowly in Florida, Arizona Melania Trump focuses on coronavirus in return to campaign trail Watch live: Melania Trump holds MAGA event MORE visited the Supreme Court on Thursday morning to view Ginsburg’s casket, which is resting atop the court steps.

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As the two stood silently before the casket, groups of people around the court loudly booed and shouted "vote him out" and “honor her wish” — the latter a reference to Ginsburg reportedly telling her granddaughter that her "most fervent wish" was for the next president to fill her vacancy on the high court.

The chants and heckling could be audibly heard by cameras outside the court and by press that traveled with the president and remained several yards away from him while he viewed the casket.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany called the chants "appalling and disrespectful."

Trump's encounter with the protesters marked a rare instance where he has come into contact with a group that opposes him. He was vociferously booed during an appearance at last year's World Series and got a mixed reception during a trip to New York City for an Ultimate Fighting Championship event.

The president has otherwise surrounded himself with supporters by bringing them to the White House or attending political rallies.