President Trump struck an unusually positive tone welcoming Neil Gorsuch as the newest Associate Justice on the Supreme Court, praising the American system of government and expressing gratitude to numerous people involved in the process.
“Spring is really the perfect backdrop for this joyful gathering of friends, because together we are in a process of reviewing and renewing and also rebuilding our country,” Trump said on a sunny Monday morning in the Rose Garden. “A new optimism is sweeping across our land and a new faith in America is filling our hearts and lifting our sights.”
Gorsuch’s confirmation came after a year of bruising political fights, but it’s an unmitigated win for Trump, who chose Gorsuch from a list of judges he released during the campaign to appease queasy conservatives and then nominated him within two weeks of taking office. It’s a fact he didn’t let go unmentioned.
“I’ve always heard that the most important thing that a President of the United States does is appoint people, hopefully great people like this appointment, to the United States Supreme Court,” Trump said. “And I got it done in the first 100 days, that’s even nice. You think that’s easy?”
Trump also thanked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for “all he did to make this achievement possible” and Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley for a “fair and professional” hearing.