Trump Visits Supreme Court as Travel Ban Decision LoomsBy
President attends courtroom ceremony for new Justice Gorsuch
Supreme Court likely to act on travel ban by end of month
President Donald Trump paid his first official visit to the U.S. Supreme Court, just as the justices are considering what to do with his embattled travel ban.
Trump and his wife Melania on Thursday attended a formal investiture ceremony for Justice Neil Gorsuch, whom the president nominated to fill a high court vacancy.
Trump’s visit came on the same day as a private meeting during which the justices were scheduled to discuss pending cases. They are likely to act before the end of the month on the administration’s pending bid to revive his travel ban on six mostly Muslim nations.
The Trumps "visited briefly" with the justices before the event, signed the court’s guest book and posed for pictures, Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said.
Trump didn’t speak during the 10-minute ceremony. Chief Justice John Roberts offered a "warm welcome" to the president and first lady.
Roberts then administered one of the two oaths a new justice is required to take to join the court. The swearing-in Thursday was a purely ceremonial repeat of a step Gorsuch took in April after he won Senate confirmation.
Presidents often, but don’t always, attend the investiture ceremonies. Barack Obama attended both ceremonies for his two successful nominees. George W. Bush attended the ceremony for Roberts but not for Justice Samuel Alito.