Trump says he'll make Supreme Court pick on Saturday

President TrumpDonald TrumpMore than two-thirds of Americans approve of Biden's coronavirus response: poll Sarah Huckabee Sanders to run for governor Mexico's president tests positive for COVID-19 MORE plans to announce his nominee to replace the late Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgNYC street and subway signs transformed to welcome Biden, bid farewell to Trump Schumer and McConnell trade places, but icy relationship holds Schumer becomes new Senate majority leader MORE on the Supreme Court on Saturday. 

“I will be announcing my Supreme Court Nominee on Saturday, at the White House! Exact time TBA,” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning, after saying Monday that he expected to announce his nominee Friday or Saturday. Trump later told reporters that he would announce his choice at 5 p.m. Saturday. 

Trump has said that he is weighing five candidates for the Supreme Court vacancy, though Judges Amy Coney Barrett and Barbara Lagoa, both of whom Trump nominated to the federal appellate bench, are seen as the top contenders. Allison Jones Rushing, another federal appeals court judge, is also among those being considered by Trump. 


On Monday, Trump met with Barrett, who serves on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, at the White House.

Barrett is viewed as a front-runner for the nomination, particularly because she is well-known among conservatives and was recently vetted for her current court position. Trump also met with her in 2018 when weighing a replacement for the vacancy left by Justice Anthony Kennedy, though he ultimately nominated Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughUndoing Trump will take more than executive orders LIVE INAUGURATION COVERAGE: Biden signs executive orders; press secretary holds first briefing Harris to resign from Senate seat on Monday MORE

Lagoa, who serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, is also considered a top contender for the nomination, though Trump is not as familiar with her. Trump told reporters Monday that he may meet with Lagoa, a native of Miami, Fla., when he travels to the state later this week. 

Trump has made clear he wants to see the Senate vote on his nominee before the November election, despite opposition from Democrats and at least two GOP senators. Most Republican senators have lined up to support Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden attends first church service as president in DC, stops at local bagel shop Harry Reid 'not particularly optimistic' Biden will push to eliminate filibuster Senators spar over validity of Trump impeachment trial MORE’s (R-Ky.) pledge that Trump’s nominee will get a vote on the Senate floor.

Updated: 6:24 p.m.