Trump: Will Pick Kennedy Replacement "As Quickly As Possible"


President Trump promised to pick a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy "as quickly as possible" and announced he has it boiled down to about 25 people.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I have great respect for Justice Anthony -- you know who I'm talking about -- Justice Kennedy will be retiring. And he's a man that I've known for a long time and a man that I've respected for a long time. He's been a great justice of the Supreme Court. He -- he is a man who is displaying (ph) great vision, he's displayed tremendous vision and tremendous heart and he will be missed.

But he will be retiring. And we will begin our search for a new justice of the United States Supreme Court that will begin immediately. And hopefully we're going to pick somebody who will be as outstanding. So I just want to thank Justice Kennedy for the years of tremendous service. He's a -- a very spectacular man. Really is. Spectacular man.

And I know that he will be around hopefully for a long time to advise and -- and I believe he's going to be teaching and doing other things. So thank you to Justice Kennedy. Thank you.

Well, we have, obviously, numerous people. We have a list of 25 people that I actually had -- during my election, I had the 20 and as you know, I added five a little while ago. We have a very excellent list of great talent and highly educated, highly intelligent, hopefully tremendous people. I think the list is very outstanding.

When I was running, I -- I put down a list of 20 people. Because not being a politician, I think people wanted to hear what some of my choices may be and it was pretty effective. And I think you see the kind of quality that we're looking at when you look at that list. But I did add -- I added give additional people to the list. So it will be somebody from that list.

So we have now boiled it down to about 25 people.


QUESTION: Mr. President, it's an election year. Would you give consideration to holding that spot open until the makeup of Congress is determined come November?

TRUMP: I haven't really thought about that. I think you want to go as quickly as possible, it's a process, but haven't really thought of that. But we had a big day yesterday, very big, we had a great decision today in terms of what was just released by the Supreme Court yesterday, obviously with the travel ban - was extremely big and we had some tremendous elections.

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