Sen. Hawley also expressed gratitude but explicitly stated that he has “no interest in the high court”:
Like Cruz, Sen. Cotton did not reject the prospect, stating that he will “always heed the call of service to our nation”:
“Every one of these individuals will ensure equal justice, equal treatment, and equal rights for citizens of every race, color, religion, and creed,” Trump said on Wednesday.
Trump’s update comes as the presidential election clock continues to tick down. All eyes have been on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has been undergoing chemotherapy to treat a recurrence of cancer. However, she has exhibited no signs of retiring from the high court.
“I have often said I would remain a member of the Court as long as I can do the job full steam,” the justice said in a July statement, revealing the diagnosis. “I remain fully able to do that.”
While Democrats have warned Trump against filling a potential Supreme Court vacancy ahead of the 2020 election, Trump said he would “absolutely” do it.