WH: Trump Could Announce Supreme Court Pick Before Monday

By Melanie Arter | July 5, 2018 | 10:58 AM EDT

President Donald J. Trump waves upon his arrival at Dallas Love Field Airport, Thursday, May 31, 2018, in Dallas, TX. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

(CNSNews.com) – During a press gaggle on board Air Force One en route to Lewisburg, W.Va., Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters Tuesday that President Donald Trump has interviewed eight potential justices, including Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah.), and that he is on track to announce Justice Anthony Kennedy’s replacement on Monday, but he could “make it before then.”

When asked whether Trump was getting closer to his decision, Gidley said, “Look, the president said he would make his mind up on Monday and make the announcement -- excuse me, I guess -- make his announcement on Monday. He may make it before then.

“But, look, he's been very clear what he wants. He wants somebody with a superior intellect. He wants someone who will uphold the Constitution. He wants someone with the right temperament. Those are the criteria he's looking for, and he's going to go through the process in totality. It's an important pick to him. You know he wants it done quickly, as he's said many times, and so we'll have an announcement on Monday,” Gidley added.

When asked whether Trump is expected to do follow-up interviews later this week in Bedminster, N.J., Gidley said, “I'm not going to get ahead of anything -- any potential meetings.”

When asked whether the president met with anyone not on the list of 25 potential justices, Gidley said, “Not to my knowledge.”

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