Trump to announce Supreme Court pick next week

President Trump said Tuesday he will announce his selection to fill the Supreme Court vacancy “sometime next week.”

"I'll be making my decision this week, we'll be announcing next week," he told reporters in the Oval Office. "We have outstanding candidates, and we will pick a truly great Supreme Court justice." 

Trump’s nomination to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat is expected to trigger a high-stakes battle in the Senate.

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The announcement comes hours before the president plans to sit down with Senate leaders at the White House to discuss his nominee to the high court.

Republicans last year refused to give former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Cybersecurity: What we learned from Carter Page's House Intel testimony | House to mark up foreign intel reform law | FBI can't access Texas shooter's phone | Sessions to testify at hearing amid Russia scrutiny Russian social media is the modern-day Trojan horse Trump records robo-call for Gillespie: He'll help 'make America great again' MORE's nominee, Merrick Garland, a hearing or a vote. They argued that the vacancy shouldn't be filled during an election year.

But Democrats have pledged to put up a fight over Trump’s nominee.

“If the nominee is not bipartisan and mainstream, we absolutely will keep the seat open,” Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump is right: The visa lotto has got to go Schumer predicts bipartisan support for passing DACA fix this year No room for amnesty in our government spending bill MORE (D-N.Y.) said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Schumer has come under Republican fire for indicating that he would be willing to leave the Supreme Court seat open if Trump doesn't appoint a "mainstream" nominee.

The New York Democrat is scheduled to sit down with Trump Tuesday afternoon in the Roosevelt Room to discuss the pick, alongside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell expects Paul to return to Senate next week Former Hill staff calls for mandatory harassment training Gaming the odds of any GOP tax bill getting signed into law MORE (R-Ky.) and Sens. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleySenators push mandatory sexual harassment training for members, staff Senate panel to hold hearing on bump stocks, background checks Senate panel to hold hearing on bump stocks MORE (R-Iowa) and Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSenators push mandatory sexual harassment training for members, staff Bipartisan group of lawmakers aim to reform US sugar program Senate panel to hold hearing on bump stocks MORE (D-Calif.) — the top members on the Judiciary Committee.

Trump outlined a list of 21 potential picks during the campaign and has reportedly been narrowing down possible selections.

His nominee will need 60 votes — including at least 8 Democrats — to be approved by the Senate.

--Jordain Carney contributed to this report,