Andrew Card, chief of staff during President George W. Bush's administration, has criticized some of President Donald Trump's decisions in recent months, but he said Wednesday Trump "passed a very significant test" for him through his pick of Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court.
"He proved that he was making a presidential decision and he did it in a presidential way," Card told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "I think he has nominated someone who is very credible.
"The list of 20 names that Donald Trump put together in the summer was actually a better list than I thought he would come up with and I was impressed with it."
Further, said Card, Trump did a good job while having Gorsuch vetted before rolling him out as the nominee to replace conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in 2016.
"I think the debate over what has happened on immigration, the debate over the election and the electoral college causes people to pay more attention to the Supreme Court," said Card, and he thinks that is good.
"Now we have an opportunity what it will be like to put someone on the court under a Donald Trump stamp of approval, and it's going to be an interesting debate," said Card.
Further, Gorsuch is a good choice for the vacant seat, Card told the program.
"Any objective view would say this person is qualified to be in the Supreme Court," said Card. "That doesn't mean there won't be a lot of politics and there will be a ton of politics. I really think the president will have to work very hard to get to the 60 votes but it's the work of the grassroots as well."
Gorsuch, at 49, is the youngest Supreme Court nominee since Justice Clarence Thomas, joined the court more than 25 years ago, and Card said Wednesday Gorsuch represents generational change for the court.
"I think that he is a very wise person," said Card. "He is very measured. He's a good, solid listener and he, obviously, is very, very intelligent."
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