Trump says he's close to making final Supreme Court decision

Trump says he's close to making final Supreme Court decision
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada MORE on Sunday said he's "getting very close to making a final decision" about his choice to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Trump told reporters in New Jersey, where the president spent the weekend, that he expects to make a decision either Sunday night or by noon on Monday.

"We are close to making a decision," Trump said. "It's, well let's just say it's the four people. Every one you can't go wrong."

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Trump appeared to be referencing four judges who are considered the front-runners to be nominated: Amy Coney Barrett, Thomas Hardiman, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge.

Trump is scheduled to announce his choice on Monday at 9 p.m.

The president spoke with at least seven candidates last week for the looming Supreme Court vacancy, though the White House only identified one individual: Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeReexamining presidential power over national monuments Utah group complains Mia Love should face criminal penalties for improper fundraising Senate approves 4B spending bill MORE (R-Utah), who is not considered to be among Trump's preferred choices.

As Barrett, Hardiman, Kavanaugh and Kethledge emerged as the likeliest choices in recent days, Republicans have begun to rally around each of them and expressed optimism that each one could be confirmed in the Senate.

“Republicans are holding four lottery tickets, and all of them are winners. If you’re a conservative Republican, the four people named ... are all winners, and every Republican should embrace these picks,” Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamKim, Moon toss ball to Trump in ‘last, best chance’ for Korean peace GOP senator: Kavanaugh accuser 'moving the goalposts' Collins: Kavanaugh accuser should 'reconsider,' testify on Monday MORE (R-S.C.) said on “Fox News Sunday.”

The New York Times reported Saturday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) suggested to Trump that Hardiman and Kethledge might face less opposition in a confirmation hearing battle.