President Trump, in a comment that seemed to go further than Brett Kavanaugh’s public comments, said of his nominee: “He’s had a little bit of difficulty. He talked about things that happened when he drank.”
Asked about concerns that the Supreme Court nominee mischaracterized his drinking, Trump said, “I watched him. I was surprised at how vocal he was about he fact that he likes beer … This is not a man that said that he was perfect with respect to alcohol.”
Responding to questions from CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, Trump suggested “there are bad reports on everybody” present in the Rose Garden, “Expect for Mike Pence by the way,” he joked.
“I think the Judge has been pretty amazing about describing his situation with alcohol and with beer,” he said, pivoting to criticize Democratic Senators Corey Booker, Dianne Feinstein, and Richard Blumenthal.
Pressed on whether lying would be disqualifying, Trump said, “I don’t think he did.”