WASHINGTON – As Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh angrily called the sexual assault allegations against him a “circus” and an effort at “character assassination,” President Donald Trump was watching at the White House and was pleased with his aggressive tone, according to administration officials.
Officials who spoke with USA TODAY as the hearing was unfolding said Trump told them he thought Kavanaugh did himself some good in his confirmation battle, administration officials said Thursday.
While Trump himself watched the testimony from the residential section of the White House, officials gathered in White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders’ office in the West Wing to watch the proceedings. Another group of officials accompanied Kavanaugh to Capitol Hill to lend assistance.
“We’re listening and watching like everybody else,” said one official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the hearing was still going on.
Trump had a more formal reaction after the hearing, tweeting that Kavanaugh delivered a “powerful, honest, and riveting” performance and demanding Senate confirmation.
“Democrats’ search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist,” Trump said. “The Senate must vote!”