Jul 2, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Trump says he's "interviewed" four potential Supreme Court picks

Trump with Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte

Trump and Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte ahead of their meeting. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Ahead of his meeting with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, President Trump said he interviewed with four potential Supreme Court picks Monday, and will meet with two or three others before announcing his decision on Monday.

Why it matters: The behind-the-scenes plotting to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired on Wednesday, has happened a rapid pace. Trump and Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell have been pushing to get Kennedy's replacement confirmed prior to the midterm elections, despite pushback from Democrats to wait until after November.

Highlights: Trump also weighed in on Mexican President-elect Andrés López Obrador's victory, and discussed Axios' reporting that the president wants to abandon key aspects of the World Trade Organization.

  • Trump said he spoke with AMLO for about 30 minutes on trade, border security and the possibility of a Mexico-U.S. trade deal. "I think the relationship will be a very good one," Trump said.
  • On abandoning the WTO: Trump says the administration is not "planning anything now," but warned that if the organization doesn't "treat us properly," than the administration will take action.
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