WASHINGTON — 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 says 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.”
The president 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.”