Trump to announce Supreme Court pick July 9, has shortlist ready

US President Donald Trump has said that he will announce his nominee for the Supreme Court on July 9, and that he has a shortlist of about five candidates.

The nominee will replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, and the decision is likely to have a decades-long impact.

Mr Trump has been secretive about his potential picks, though he has said that he wants someone younger, and that there are two women.

“It’s a great group of intellectual talent … they are generally conservative,” Trump said.

Mr Trump has also said that he won’t be questioning his nominees on the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that established a woman’s right to abortion in the US, nor will he discuss gay rights.

This is unusual for a conservative pick for the Supreme Court, as these issues are usually used as a litmus test for potential candidates.

It is expected that senators will still be asking about views on abortion when they conduct confirmation hearings for the candidate.

Mr Kennedy was a conservative judge, though he did surprise many by voting in favour of abortion rights and gay rights in a number of cases.

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