Following several interviews with potential nominees, President Donald Trump promised on Tuesday night that his choice for Supreme Court Justice, which he is to announce on July 9, will be a “home run.”
“I’ve spent the last three days interviewing and thinking about Supreme Court justices. Such an important decision, and we’re going to give you a great one,” Trump told the crowd at a “Salute to Service” event in West Virginia.
He added that all the candidates he has interviewed so far are talented and brilliant people which everyone will love. “Like Justice Gorsuch. We hit a home run there, and we’re going to hit a home run here,” the President added.
The White House said on Tuesday that Trump met with three other potential candidates after meeting on Monday with four judges for the seat being vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy. It declined to identify the people President Trump interviewed but confirmed he spoke with Senator Mike Lee who is not believed to be on the President’s Supreme Court nominee shortlist.
The federal appeals court judges he met with on Monday were Amy Coney Barrett of the 7th U.S. Circuit, Brett Kavanaugh of the District of Columbia Circuit, and Raymond Kethledge and Amul Thapar of the 6th Circuit.
Trump, who spoke for about 30 minutes at the charity event in White Sulphur Springs, made frequent references about strengthening the military and the importance of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which he praised for its work in fighting illegal immigration.
“We need tough laws. We need fair laws. But when these people come into our country and come in illegally and then they’re dispersed throughout the country and all of a sudden you see nests of MS-13,” the President said.
In recent days, Democrats have called on Trump to abolish ICE, a stance he said will hurt the party in November’s midterms.