President Donald Trump says he's moving "very quickly" to select a Supreme Court nominee following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Trump tells reporters his pick could come in in the next week and will “most likely" be a woman. (Sept. 19)
- So, do you want to-- do you want to see a nominee on your Supreme Court choice before the election?
DONALD TRUMP: Well, we'll see what happens. We'll be talking to people soon. We have great respect for the process. This has happened numerous times, and every time, there was a nominee, as you know. There's been many occasions where, frankly, it turned out to be a during a presidential year. I think there-- I heard 28, but whatever it may be. But in all cases, they went forward.
But we want to respect the process, and the process will move-- I think it's going to move very quickly, actually. I agree with the statement put out by Mitch McConnell. I agree with it, actually, 100%. I put out a very similar statement you saw. So, I think we're going to start the process extremely soon, and we'll have a nominee very soon.
- Senator Collins said she'd like to see the next president be the one to nominate a Supreme Court justice. What's your reaction?
DONALD TRUMP: Who said that?
- Senator Collins. Susan Collins.
DONALD TRUMP: Well, I totally disagree with her. We have an obligation. We won, and we have an obligation, as the winners, to pick who we want. That's not the next president. Hopefully, I'll be the next president, but we're here now. Right now, we're here, and we have an obligation to the voters-- all of the people, the millions of people that put us here-- in the form of a victory. We have an obligation to them, to all of those voters, and it's a very simple thing.
- --a woman?
DONALD TRUMP: I could see, most likely, it would be a woman, yeah. I think I can say that. It would be a woman. I would-- if somebody were to ask me now, I would say that a woman would be in first place, yes. The choice of a woman, I would say, would certainly be appropriate.