President Trump said he will announce his nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by the end of the week.
Trump told Fox and Friends on Monday that he expects to make his Supreme Court selection public on Friday or Saturday. He said he wants to wait to announce his nominee until the funeral for Ginsburg has concluded.
“I think it’ll be on Friday or Saturday. And we want to pay respect. We, it looks like, it looks like we will have, probably, services on Thursday or Friday, as I understand it. I think, in all due respect, we should wait until the services are over for Justice Ginsburg. And so we’re looking probably at Friday or maybe Saturday,” he said.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany also told CBS This Morning on Monday that Trump will “certainly” announce his nominee before the end of the week.
“[Trump will announce] in the coming days. It will be a very quick turn of events,” she said. “You will certainly be hearing this week who that nominee is.”
McEnany also said that she believes that the White House will be able to secure enough votes to have a justice confirmed. She noted that Ginsburg was confirmed by the Senate in 42 days, which leaves Trump and Senate Republicans plenty of time to finalize the process before the end of Trump’s first term and potentially before Election Day on Nov. 3.
“We do think that we will end up having the votes. We encourage Republican senators to take a look at this nominee we’re putting forward. It will be a very talented woman. The president did confirm that it will be a woman, so we do think that it will be, of course, a tight turnaround,” she said.