Trump vows to nominate a woman for US supreme court vacancy within a week

Trump has narrowed down on Appeals court judges Amy Coney Barrett (pictured), Barbara Lagoa and Amul Thapar
US President Donald Trump is likely to nominate a woman candidate to the US Supreme Court to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

“I will be putting forth a nominee next week. I could say most likely it would be a woman. I think I can say that. If somebody were to ask me now I would say that a woman would be in first place,” Trump told supporters at an election rally in North Carolina on Saturday.

Ginsburg, a history-making jurist, feminist icon and a champion of women's rights and social justice, died of cancer on Friday.  She was 87.

She was the second woman ever to serve as a justice on the nation's highest court.

Trump said he is within his rights to fill the vacancy in the US Supreme Court.

We have great respect for the process. This has happened numerous times and every time there was a nominee as you know. There's been many occasions where frankly it turned out to be during a presidential year,” he told reporters. In an election year, so far, 29 supreme court judges have been nominated.

“I think we're going to start the process extremely soon. We will have a nominee very soon,” he said.

During the rally, Trump asked the supporters whether the nominee should be a man or a woman. The crowds cheered loudly for a female candidate.

Barbara Lagoa
"That's a very accurate poll (crowd reaction) because that's the way I feel. I actually like women much more than I like men. I have to say. It would be a women. A very talented, very intelligent women,” the president said, adding that a final name had not been zeroed in on.

Trump has narrowed down on Appeals court judges Amy Coney Barrett, Barbara Lagoa and Amul Thapar.

Barrett, Lagoa and Thapar all appeared on a long list of possible high-court picks that Trump updated earlier this month. And Barrett and Thapar were among the nominees whom Trump considered before selecting Brett Kavanaugh for the court in 2018. The three judges also have something else in common: They’re young, and have the prospect of serving on the top U.S. court for decades. Trump will also see inherent political advantages in the nomination of each.

The president said Saturday he’s likely to select a woman for his third top court pick, and complimented Barrett and Lagoa.

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