READ: Trump list of candidates to replace Justice Kennedy

President TrumpDonald John TrumpReporters defend CNN's Acosta after White House says he 'disrespected' Trump with question Security costs of Trump visit to Scotland sparks outrage among Scottish citizens Ex-CIA officer: Prosecution of Russians indicted for DNC hack 'ain't ever going to happen' MORE said Wednesday that he intends to select a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy from a pre-existing White House list of candidates.

Kennedy announced Wednesday that he will retire from the Supreme Court effective July 31, giving Trump the opportunity to select his replacement. The president told reporters moments after the announcement that he'll begin the selection process for Kennedy's replacement "immediately."

Trump told reporters that he met with Kennedy this afternoon. The two discussed potential replacements, Trump said.

“There are certain names that are just outstanding, names that you already know, to be honest with you,” the president said. “But they will come from the list of 25 people.”

The White House published a list of 25 candidates in November. Trump nominated Justice Neil Gorsuch from a similar list.

Here are the candidates included on that list:

  • Amy Coney Barrett of Indiana, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • Keith Blackwell of Georgia, Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Charles Canady of Florida, Supreme Court of Florida
  • Steven Colloton of Iowa, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
  • Allison Eid of Colorado, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
  • Britt Grant of Georgia, Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Raymond Gruender of Missouri, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
  • Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit
  • Brett Kavanaugh of Maryland, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
  • Joan Larsen of Michigan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
  • Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeGOP moderates hint at smooth confirmation ahead for Kavanaugh GOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE GOP senator moves to restart Pentagon report on NATO allies' spending MORE of Utah, United States Senator
  • Thomas Lee of Utah, Supreme Court of Utah
  • Edward Mansfield of Iowa, Supreme Court of Iowa
  • Federico Moreno of Florida, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Kevin Newsom of Alabama, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • William Pryor of Alabama, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • Margaret Ryan of Virginia, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • David Stras of Minnesota, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
  • Diane Sykes of Wisconsin, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • Amul Thapar of Kentucky, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
  • Timothy Tymkovich of Colorado, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
  • Robert Young of Michigan, Supreme Court of Michigan (Ret.)
  • Don Willett of Texas, Supreme Court of Texas
  • Patrick Wyrick of Oklahoma, Supreme Court of Oklahoma