WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the administration will work “immediately” to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.
“Hopefully, we will pick someone who is just as outstanding,” Trump said in remarks from the Oval Office, accompanied by the president of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
Trump noted that he will draw from a list of 25 individuals compiled before he chose Neil Gorsuch to replace Justice Antonin Scalia earlier in his presidency.
Kennedy, 81, announced his retirement Wednesday, capping a three-decade tenure on the high court.
In a statement provided by the Supreme Court, Kennedy indicated that he was stepping down on July 31 to spend more time with his family.
Trump said that he had met with Kennedy at the White House about 30 minutes before the announcement and asked him for recommendations on a replacement.
He declined to share who the outgoing justice may have named.
Trump praised Kennedy, displayed great vision” and “tremendous heart.” If Trump successfully sends a nominee through the Senate, it will be his second Supreme Court pick.