Donald Trump was on helicopter flight as Christine Blasey Ford began testimony
President Trump watched portions of Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday morning aboard Air Force One on a flight from New York to Washington.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president watched some of the hearing on a delayed feed as he returned from meetings at the United Nations. She said Mr. Trump had not spoken Thursday or Wednesday to Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, whom Ms. Blasey Ford accuses of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers in 1982.
Mr. Trump boarded the presidential helicopter Marine One at a Wall Street landing platform in New York City at 10:29 a.m., four minutes before Ms. Blasey Ford began testifying. He flew to John F. Kennedy International Airport and boarded Air Force One at 10:53 a.m. for the return flight to Washington after spending the week in meetings at the United Nations General Assembly.
The president did not respond to reporters’ shouted questions about the hearing as he exited Air Force One shortly before noon at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.
The president said Wednesday that he would be watching Ms. Blasey Ford’s testimony to see whether he found her allegations credible. He has said he thinks the accusations by Ms. Blasey Ford and two other women of sexual misconduct by Judge Kavanaugh are false.
A press pool report said that Mr. Trump was “waving and pumping his fists” to journalists and law enforcement officials before boarding Air Force One.
Uncharacteristically, the president had not posted anything on Twitter Thursday morning.