Trump Saw Himself In Kavanaugh Performance, Relished Opening Statement

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26:  President Donald Trump chairs a United Nations (U.N.) Security Council meeting on September 26, 2018 in New York City. Trump presides over the 15-member council as the United States holds the monthly rotating presidency. The Security Council meeting coincides with the 73rd United Nations General Assembly at the U.N.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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As President Donald Trump fervently watched the fiery opening statements of his Supreme Court nominee on Thursday afternoon, he swelled with pride, Politico reported.

The President was reportedly “elated,” in Politico’s words, by Kavanaugh’s defiant performance, and the way he pointedly chose to mirror some of the President’s own talking points on the matter as his defense: attacking Democrats and the media for ruining his reputation.

“I think he’s studied the way people around Donald Trump have been treated and he figured out a way to prevail,” a White House official told Politico, describing Kavanaugh’s opening remarks as “superb.”

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