Gorsuch needed to say this to criticize Trump comments on the judiciary to neutralize the only thing the Democrats have been able to come up with against him, which is that he might not be independent enough from Trump. The White House gets that.
From the Washington Examiner:
There’s no bad blood between President Trump and his pick for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, even after Gorsuch told Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal that Trump’s attacks on a federal judge are “demoralizing,” according to a top Trump aide.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said on Fox News Thursday that Trump isn’t reconsidering Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court after his comments to Blumenthal.
“Of course not,” she said. “The president is fully confident in the nominee.”