President Donald Trump on Saturday said he is nominating Amy Coney Barrett, a conservative federal appeals court judge, to succeed the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the US Supreme Court.
Calling it a “very proud moment indeed,” Trump called Barrett a woman of “towering intellect” and “unyielding loyalty to the Constitution.”
Barrett, Trump said, is “one of our nation’s most brilliant and gifted legal minds.”
Trump thanks members of the senate for their commitment to ensuring a “fair and timely” confirmation of Barrett’s place on the supreme court. He urges Democrats and the press not to question Barrett on personal grounds, no doubt a reference to the difficulties his last nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, encountered.
The crowd applaud as the president, all smiles, takes the stage.
He says he is here to fulfill one of “my highest and most important duties” as president. He pays tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg who he describes as a “giant” of the American legal system. He then says he is nominating Amy Coney Barrett to replace her. Trump says Barrett is “brilliant” and has a “towering intellect”.