Trump: 'Probably Not' Going to Ask SCOTUS Nominees About Roe v. Wade

By Susan Jones | July 2, 2018 | 5:01am EDT
President Trump shakes hands with his first Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch. (Photo: Screen capture/C-SPAN)

( - President Donald Trump said over the weekend he is looking at a list of five to seven potential nominees to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court, and he plans to announce his pick on Monday, July 9.

"Are you going to ask your nominees beforehand how they might vote on Roe vs. Wade?" Fox News's Maria Bartiromo, host of "Sunday Morning Futures," asked the president in an interview that aired yesterday.

"Well, that's a big one, and probably not," the president said. "They're all saying, don't do that, you don't do that, you shouldn't do that. But I'm putting conservative people on.

"And I'm very proud of Neil Gorsuch. He's been outstanding. His opinions are so well-written, so brilliant. And I'm going to try and do something like that, but I don't think I'm going to be so specific in the questions I will be answering. And I'm actually told that I shouldn't be."

Trump agreed with Bartiromo that some day, the abortion question will be left up to the individual states. "You never know how that's going to turn out. That's a very complex question," he said.

"The Roe v. Wade is probably the one that people are talking about in terms of having an effect. But we will see what happens. But it could very well end up with states at some point."

Trump said he thinks the confirmation process could go "very quickly" and even garner Democrat support -- "if I pick the right person."


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