Trump pays respects to late Justice Stevens at Supreme Court

Trump pays respects to late Justice Stevens at Supreme Court
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocratic senator rips Trump's 'let them fight' remarks: 'Enough is enough' Warren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Trump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' MORE on Monday paid his respects to the late Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, traveling to the Supreme Court where the justice is lying in repose.

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Trump left without making any public remarks.


On the way to the Supreme Court, Trump lashed out on Twitter at four minority Democratic congresswomen, calling them “a very Racist group of troublemakers who are young, inexperienced, and not very smart.”

He also tweeted that he and the first lady were on their way to pay their respects to Stevens.

Stevens died last week at the age of 99 from complications following a stroke. He spent 35 years on the Supreme Court and led the court's liberal bloc, retiring in 2010 and opening the door for then-President Obama to nominate Justice Elena KaganElena KaganButtigieg defends court-packing proposal at Democratic debate Puerto Ricans joke online about what it would be like to be part of Denmark Trump pays respects to late Justice Stevens at Supreme Court MORE.

Stevens had been critical of Trump at times, including saying earlier this year that he hopes Trump "won’t do too much damage" to the courts and that the president is "exercising powers that do not really belong to him."

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement last week that Stevens's "passion for the law and for our country will not soon be forgotten." Trump also ordered that flags be flown at half-staff in honor of Stevens.

Kagan gave brief remarks at the Supreme Court earlier Monday in remembrance of Stevens, according to reporters present.

Several of the current justices were also present, including Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgButtigieg defends court-packing proposal at Democratic debate Ocasio-Cortez is getting her own action figure Harris v. EEOC and the women's rights legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg MORE, Sonia SotomayorSonia SotomayorSotomayor breaks new two-minute rule as Supreme Court hears immigration case Sotomayor throws first pitch at Nationals' Hispanic Heritage Day Sotomayor chats with teen star of 'What the Constitution Means to Me' MORE and Samuel AlitoSamuel AlitoSupreme Court abortion case poses major test for Trump picks Supreme Court to hear Louisiana abortion case Overnight Defense: Esper sworn in as Pentagon chief | Confirmed in 90-8 vote | Takes helm as Trump juggles foreign policy challenges | Senators meet with woman accusing defense nominee of sexual assault MORE. Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughFirst-generation American launches Senate campaign against Booker Susan Collins raises .1 million in third quarter Poll: 50 percent of Maine voters disapprove of Susan Collins's job performance MORE’s wife, Ashley Kavanaugh, also attended.