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Trump says he'll name high court pick on July 9

Posted: 5:51 PM, Jun 29, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-29 21:51:40Z

President Donald Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One he plans to announce his choice to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on July 9.

The president said he is considering two women among a group of at least five potential candidates for the nation’s high court. Trump said as many as seven candidates may be interviewed.

Trump was asked Friday if he plans to ask potential nominees their views on abortion rights and Roe v. Wade. He responded, “That’s not a question I’ll be asking.”

Trump said he thinks that is “inappropriate to discuss.”

He plans to begin interviewing possible candidates Monday but may meet with some this weekend in New Jersey.

Trump said of the candidates under consideration, “It’s a great group of intellectual talent.”