Spicer: Decision To Use Nuclear Option To Confirm Gorsuch "Ultimately Up To McConnell"


REPORTER: The president invoked the possibility with the Supreme Court ... of going the route of the nuclear option. If it gets to that point, is the White House comfortable with that act?

SEAN SPICER, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: I think the president made clear his goal today which is number one, he believes Judge Gorsuch is unbelievably qualified and that he will get nominated, not only confirmed, but done so with a large bipartisan vote.

As I said at the outset, Republicans looked at the qualifications of the two Justices that got through in the Obama administration and while they may not have agreed with their judicial philosophy, definitely agreed that they were qualified on the merits to be confirmed and they did so. I think we would be asked we be held to the same standard that the Democrats used when they had nominees up. But I think the president made very clear that the decision is something that we would rather not have to go down but also that it is ultimately up to Senator McConnell.

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