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 TrumpSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Vulnerable Democrats tout legislative wins, not impeachment Trump appears to set personal record for tweets in a day 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.

The president and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump tweet mocking Greta Thunberg sparks backlash Biden slams Trump for criticizing Greta Thunberg: 'What kind of president bullies a teenager?' Melania Trump's 'Be Best' hashtag trends after president goes after Greta Thunberg MORE stood in silence in front of Stevens’s casket in the Supreme Court’s Great Hall, before moving over to a portrait of the late justice placed nearby.

Trump left without making any public remarks.

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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 KaganJustices grapple with multibillion-dollar ObamaCare case Overnight Energy: EPA watchdog slams agency chief after deputy fails to cooperate in probe | Justices wrestle with reach of Clean Water Act | Bipartisan Senate climate caucus grows Justices wrestle with reach of Clean Water Act 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 GinsburgDocumentary on John Lewis set for release next year Supreme Court halts subpoena to Deutsche Bank for Trump records Justices appear cautious of expanding gun rights in NY case MORE, Sonia SotomayorSonia SotomayorPress: Pelosi strikes back, hatred is a sin Justices appear cautious of expanding gun rights in NY case Divided Supreme Court leans toward allowing Trump to end DACA MORE and Samuel AlitoSamuel AlitoJustices grapple with multibillion-dollar ObamaCare case Supreme Court denies Trump request to immediately resume federal executions Justices appear cautious of expanding gun rights in NY case MORE. Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughOvernight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Progressives hope to avoid drug-pricing showdown with Pelosi | 'Medicare for All' backers get high-profile hearing | Dems take victory lap after eliminating drug protections in trade deal Justices grapple with multibillion-dollar ObamaCare case Potential Dem defectors face pressure on impeachment MORE’s wife, Ashley Kavanaugh, also attended.