Trump to Announce Supreme Court Nominee on July 9

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Trump also said he did not intend to ask candidates their position on abortion. The Yale Law School graduate is a former clerk to Mr Kennedy, meaning he could have the backing of the retiring justice.

While speaking on Air Force One, Trump said he will be interviewing candidates this weekend, adding that he's considering two women for the post, according to NBC News.

"Political speeches are just that, but the next day, I'm ready to get to work", Heitkamp said in a statement following a private meeting with the president.

The move wouldn't be dissimilar from the Republican hijacking of a vacant Supreme Court seat that President Barack Obama attempted to fill in the a year ago of his administration. He voted on the winning side of close decisions 76 percent of the time over his career, far more often than any other justice he served with except for Justice Neil Gorsuch, who joined the court a year ago.

Trump was also asked about Sen. A U.C. Berkeley School of Law graduate, Thapar is a protégé of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R. -Ky., and has moved in succession from being U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, U.S. District judge from 2008 to 2015, and since past year, an appellate judge.

Two women are also reportedly on Trump's shortlist, including Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who is considered another frontrunner for Kennedy's seat.

All are under 55, with Barrett the youngest at 46 and Kavanaugh the oldest at 53.

On whether the time was right for a conservative woman to join the court, Trump said: "Could be".

"We're going to have great judges, conservative, all picked by the Federalist Society", Trump said during an interview on Breitbart News radio. He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1987. The swing-vote senators, along with McCain, were the trio who derailed the GOP's 2017 effort to repeal most of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

But he has promised to draw the next justice from a list of 25 prospective candidates that was first established during the 2016 presidential campaign and updated last fall, with advice from conservatives.

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Trump says he's getting other countries to reduce and eliminate tariffs and trade barriers, and open up closed markets. Harley-Davidson has denied a link between Kansas City and Thailand.

Trump has made his intentions and vision for the United States very clear from the beginning. "The way he puts it, is someone who is quote, 'not weak, '" Leo said.

"He's an outstanding talent", Trump said of Lee.

Senators, particularly Democratic ones, are warning the president that he should consult with lawmakers before making a choice.

Henne, however, said Democratic anger would only intensify during and after the nomination battle, which is likely to consume Washington for months and thrust the court's ideological makeup into the forefront of voters' minds. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

"What do you think?" Neither senator is known for telegraphing how they will cast their votes until right before the vote is called, so the spotlight will likely be on them in the months ahead.

"That's not a question I'll be asking them", he said.

McConnell later told reporters Saturday he has "no idea" who the president will choose.

He's been transparent about his intentions for the Supreme Court and wanting to overturn Roe v. Wade since he was campaigning.

Collins told reporters Thursday she will be reviewing the nominee's American Bar Association rating, experience and "respect for the rule of law and the Constitution".

Kennedy, 81, announced Wednesday he would retire from the bench July 31 after three decades on the Supreme Court.

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