Trump to announce Supreme Court pick on July 9

Trump to announce Supreme Court pick on July 9

Speaking aboard Air Force One en route to his private golf club in New Jersey on Friday afternoon, the president announced that he has five finalists, including two women, out of the shortlist of 25 names that had been previously circulated. "I'm going to try and do something like that, but I don't think I'm going to be so specific".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told a GOP gathering in Kentucky that the goal is to wrap up the confirmation in time for the nominee to join the court at the start of its next term in October.

"I may have two of them come up, like the old days, to Bedminster", Trump said, referring to the staff and Cabinet interviews he held there in late 2016 during the presidential transition.

Kennedy was long thought to be the crucial swing vote on any legal challenge to Roe v. Wade, having already upheld the landmark decision in 1992.

While Trump said at one point that "I've got it narrowed to about five". You nominate someone who is like-minded.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 10: U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy is seen during a ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House April 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. Gorsuch was the youngest nominee since Clarence Thomas, who was 43 when confirmed in 1991. 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.

The other senator who met with Trump, Republican Charles Grassley, is chairman of the Judiciary Committee, which will consider any Trump choice. Asked if he planned to question potential court nominees their views on abortion rights and Roe v. Wade, he responded, "That's not a question I'll be asking".

"We'd be very happy if he'd pick any name on that list", said Severino.

The network announced Friday that Bartiromo and Trump would also "discuss the current state of the United States economy, global trade sanctions, immigration, and more".

When the justice in the middle is ideologically distinct, it's harder for either side to form a majority coalition, which makes the median justice central in not just choosing a side but shaping the contours of the court's opinion.

Manchin might be Trump's closest ally across the aisle - the president even considered him for a Cabinet job - and Manchin left open the possibility of supporting Trump for re-election in 2020. McConnell told Fox News that Republicans believe some combination of Democratic support is possible.