Trump Won’t Say if He Has List of Possible Supreme Court Nominees: ‘We Have to See What Happens’


When asked in an interview if he has a list of future Supreme Court nominees, President Donald Trump dodged, saying, "We have to see what happens."

CBN's Pat Robertson asked Trump about his future plans for the court in an interview televised Thursday. Rumors have circulated of one or more possible resignations from the court before Trump's first term ends in 2021. Some expect that Justice Anthony Kennedy will retire, possibly this summer.

"It looks like you may have another Supreme Court nominee. Very possible one or more will retire. Have you already got the list ready for the next one?" Robertson asked.

While still a candidate, Trump released a list of possible Supreme Court nominees to fill the seat vacated upon the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016. He did not appear to have a similar list ready to give to Robertson but instead touted his successful nomination of Neil Gorsuch.

"Well, we have a great one with Justice Gorsuch. He's going to be great. And I just have to wait to see what happens," Trump said. "I have a lot of respect for Justice Kennedy, I like him a lot. But we have to see what happens."

But, he reassured Robertson, whoever he nominates will be "terrific for our country."

"We'll be learning. Whatever it is, it is. But if there is ever a vacancy, we will put somebody on who is going to be terrific for our country," Trump said.

Charles Fain Lehman

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