Eager to build suspense, Trump wouldn't divulge who he's talking to in advance of his big announcement, set for July 9.
Democratic voters will support Republicans because of ICE criticism Coney Barrett, Kavanaugh among candidates who met with Trump: report Trump administration recommends against allowing China Mobile access to United States market MORE on Tuesday spoke to another three possible Supreme Court nominees, bringing the total number to seven. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, moderate Republicans who support access to abortion services and aren't up for re-election, making it less likely either will feel pressure to be in lockstep with the polarizing president.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), often considered a moderate in her party, said on Sunday that she wouldn't support a Supreme Court nominee who would overturn Roe v. Wade. "I think the person that is chosen will be outstanding".
"They're going to get beaten so badly", Trump said.
The White House refused to disclose the names of whom the president met with at the White House, but according to people briefed on the vetting process, they were the federal appeals court judges Amy Coney Barrett of the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals, Brett M. Kavanaugh of the District of Columbia Circuit, and Raymond M. Kethledge and Amul R. Thapar of the 6th Circuit.
The Supreme Court vacancy has also roiled key Senate campaigns across the country, and candidates from both parties are hoping the issue motivates voters ahead of the Fall, even if the nominee is confirmed before the midterms.
The group received support on Twitter last week from 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who said she "excited to support" their campaign.
White House Counsel Don McGahn will oversee Trump's selection process, the White House said on Monday.
If Sen. John McCain's aggressive brain cancer diagnosis keeps him from traveling, it would only take one GOP defection to potentially block the nomination.
Trump also spoke about recent comments made by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) calling for people to harass Trump officials in public and said that between those comments and the increasing number of Democrats calling to abolish ICE, he thinks Democrats will "never win another election". They would also be "very likely" to back weakening President Barack Obama's 2010 law that expanded health care coverage to millions of Americans, he said. The ads will start appearing on Wednesday.
NARAL Pro-choice America has purchased ads targeting Sen. Vice President Mike Pence can break a tie.
Collins-she said in a Sunday interview on ABC's This Week that she could only vote for a judge that respects precedent.