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Trump's choice Neil Gorsuch sworn in as Supreme Court judge

Trump's choice Neil Gorsuch sworn in as Supreme Court judge


Donald Trump’s pick for the US Supreme Court has been sworn in to the lifetime post in a ceremony at the White House.

The appointment of Neil Gorsuch was confirmed by the Republican-led Senate on Friday and is seen as a major victory for the president.

The conservative judge fills a year-long vacancy and comes despite strong Democratic opposition.

“I have always heard that the most important thing that a President of the US does is appoint people hopefully great people like this appointment to the United States Supreme Court, and I can say this is a great honour,” the president said.

The president thanked the Senate Majority leader for helping to secure confirmation for the new judge from Colorado. His appointment gives the Supreme Court a conservative edge, at least on paper.

However Gorsuch has vowed to be independent and has criticised Trump’s attacks on judges as “disheartening” and “demoralising”.

The 49-year-old is the youngest Supreme Court nominee for over 25 years.

President Trump praises Judge Neil Gorsuch at swearing-in ceremony and says, “I got it done in the first 100 days” https://t.co/mHTrPX8RQf

— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 10, 2017

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