White House chief of staff Mark Meadows Tuesday said President Donald Trump will announce his Supreme Court nominee to succeed late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg this Saturday.
He also told Fox News' Maria Bartiromo that Trump has been speaking with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell daily about a timeline for the confirmation.
"The leader will ultimately make that after we have the hearings in Lindsey Graham’s Judiciary Committee, but they're all engaged, ready to get to work, and the president, as you have mentioned, plans to make that announcement this Saturday," Meadows told Bartiromo.
Trump later in the morning confirmed on Twitter that he would name his nominee on Saturday.
"I will be announcing my Supreme Court Nominee on Saturday, at the White House!" he said. "Exact time TBA."
Trump is taking the decision very seriously, Meadows said.
"Some would say this is probably the most important decision that he would make, other than sending our sons and daughters perhaps into conflict," Meadows said. "He is looking for one who will uphold the Constitution, look at those principles that are the bedrock of our foundation as a nation, and look at making sure that the court is one that does not make the laws, that they actually just implement and interpret the laws in a fair and constitutional way."
Meadows commented that he believes the Republican votes will be there to confirm Trump's eventual pick "whether before the election or shortly after."
"I think the vast majority of Americans overwhelmingly believe that it is the president's pick, and the vast majority that I talk to want someone confirmed before the election," said Meadows.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is working closely with Senate Republicans, said Meadows.
Meanwhile, Meadows said the administration is willing to look at a "piecemeal" approach to coronavirus relief if an overall bill can't be approved, even though it would be "prudent" for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to put a package on the floor.
He added that if a package would be put on the floor that also addresses the money issues the nation's airlines are having, tens of thousands of airline workers can keep their jobs.
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