Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's nominee to join Supreme Court, has expressed his disappointment at Trump's recent tweets attacking a judge.
Gorsuch made the comments in a meeting with Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, CNN reported.
Trump tweeted an attack on District Court Judge James Robert after he struck down the president's executive order imposing a travel ban on arrivals from seven Muslim-majority countries. The President described Robert as a "so-called judge."
"Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!" he later tweeted, according to CNN.
Gorsuch said these tweets were "demoralizing" and "disheartening."
Blumenthal remained unsatisfied.
"I said they were more than disheartening and I said to him that he has an obligation to make his views clear to the American people, so they understand how abhorrent or unacceptable President Trump's attacks on the judiciary are," added Blumenthal.
The senator, who is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, spoke with Gorsuch for around 40 minutes at the meeting in his office.
"I said to him if a litigant before your court -- and the President of the United States is in fact a litigant right now in the immigration ban cases -- said what President Trump said, you would hold him in contempt of court," Blumenthal said.
He noted that Gorsuch did not respond to this comment.
Following the meeting, Blumenthal said he had "serious and deep concerns" about Gorsuch, noting he wanted to hear more about his opinions on reproductive rights and workers' rights.
Others were unhappy with Gorsuch's reaction to Trump's tweets.
"Given the President's comments, that a very milquetoast response," Matt House, spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, said. "Anyone can be disheartened, but the judge refused to condemn the comments privately or publicly."
Schumer suggested that Gorsuch's appointment could be hampered by Trump's tweets.
"With each action testing the Constitution, and each personal attack on a judge, President Trump raises the bar even higher for Judge Gorsuch's nomination to serve on the Supreme Court," said Schumer, according to the Los Angeles Times. "His ability to be an independent check will be front and center throughout the confirmation process."
Trump has made controversial remarks about judges in the past. In 2016, he alleged that a judge of Mexican ancestry was not capable of fairly adjudicating a case involving Trump University.