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 Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president 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 TrumpEx-Melania Trump adviser raised concerns of excessive inauguration spending weeks before events: CNN The Hill's Morning Report - Trump moves green cards, citizenship away from poor, low-skilled White House seeks volunteers, musicians for Christmas celebrations 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.


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 KaganTrump pays respects to late Justice Stevens at Supreme Court Kagan: I will 'never accept' Supreme Court's ruling on partisan gerrymandering Liberal, conservative Supreme Court justices unite in praising Stevens 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 GinsburgRuth Bader Ginsburg defends conservative Justices Kavanaugh and Gorsuch Ginsburg dismisses court packing and term limits for Supreme Court justices Ginsburg says she hopes to serve on bench 'as long as' Stevens did MORE, Sonia SotomayorSonia SotomayorHere's how senators can overcome their hyperpartisanship with judicial nominees Trump pays respects to late Justice Stevens at Supreme Court Supreme Court rules against Trump on census citizenship question MORE and Samuel AlitoSamuel AlitoOvernight 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 Esper sworn in as Pentagon chief Trump pays respects to late Justice Stevens at Supreme Court MORE. Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughCollins downplays 2020 threat: 'Confident' re-election would go well if she runs The exhaustion of Democrats' anti-Trump delusions Lewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' MORE’s wife, Ashley Kavanaugh, also attended.