Speaking aboard Air Force One, he said that there are at least five candidates on his short list, including two women.
According to the Washington Post, the 53-year-old circuit judge has previously argued presidents "should not be distracted by civil lawsuits, criminal investigations or even questions from a prosecutor or defense attorney while in office" - a view that would likely be welcomed by Trump, who has warred against the ongoing investigation into his 2016 presidential campaign, along with the FBI probe into his longtime fixer, Michael Cohen. He said he planned to interview one or two of them this weekend in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he is spending time with family at his private golf course.
It has emerged that the Trump administration heavily courted Kennedy to retire before the mid-term elections, giving Trump the potential to nominate a justice with a known majority in the Senate.More news: Sweden reach last 16 with win over Mexico
Trump's allies have made clear he wants another justice in the Gorsuch mold.
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.
"The fact that there's a modest enthusiasm disadvantage isn't all that meaningful because there's already an enthusiasm gap for Republicans", he said, noting Democratic anger towards Trump. "And I'm going to try and do something like that, but I don't think I'm going to be so specific".
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President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron Trump, arrive at Morristown Municipal Airport, in Morristown, N.J., Friday, June 29, 2018.
On the day she endorsed candidate Trump in March 2016, the late iconic anti-abortion activist Phyllis Schlafly first asked him privately whether he would appoint more judges like the conservative Antonin Scalia, recalled Schlafly's successor Ed Martin, who was in the room at the time. Of the five candidates believed to be frontrunners, all five have spoken at Federalist Society events, reports Business Insider.
The poll, which was conducted on Thursday and Friday, found that abortion ranked a distant fourth when respondents were asked to list the issue of most concern to them among several that could come before the court. "You know, they went four years, they went eight years and they never got a choice, and here we are at two already". "I love that issue if they're going to actually do that".
The Supreme Court job is for life. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has committed to confirming a nominee in the fall, which the Republican-controlled Senate should be able to do if McConnell can hold his razor-thin majority together.More news: Trump expects to meet Putin during trip to Europe in July