U.S. President Donald Trump says Senator Richard Blumenthal had misconstrued private comments from U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and told a reporter to ''ask Senator Blumenthal about his Vietnam record that didn't exist after years of saying it did.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday (February 9) repeated his accusation that a Democratic lawmaker had misconstrued private comments from U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. "His comments were misrepresented," Trump told reporters, when asked about reports that Gorsuch had criticized Trump's comments on the judiciary during a meeting with Senator Richard Blumenthal. Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal said on Wednesday Gorsuch during a meeting with him called Trump's comments "disheartening and demoralizing." The Connecticut senator on Thursday urged Gorsuch to condemn Trump's attacks "publicly, unequivocally and clearly." Trump in a Twitter post disputed Blumenthal's account and sought to revive a years-old controversy over the senator's military service during the Vietnam War era. "Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who never fought in Vietnam when he said for years he had (major lie), now misrepresents what Judge Gorsuch told him?" Trump wrote, without providing any evidence of a misrepresentation. "His comments were misrepresented. And what you should do is ask Senator Blumenthal about his Vietnam record that didn't exist after years of saying it did," Trump said during a listening session on Thursday.