President Trump on Thursday will “pay his respects” to the body of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the White House says.
Ginsburg, who died Friday at 87, will lie in repose at the top of the stairs of the Supreme Court building on Wednesday and Thursday so mourners can pay their respects.
“The President will pay his respects to the late justice on Thursday at the U.S. Supreme Court where she will be lying in repose,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement Wednesday morning.
Trump praised Ginsburg on Friday night as an “amazing woman” who “led an amazing life,” and said he’s waiting for her memorial services to be over to name her successor.
Trump on Tuesday said that he’s announcing a conservative replacement to the liberal icon at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed to swiftly vote on the nominee before the Nov. 3 election.
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said Tuesday he supports holding a vote on Trump’s pick — all but ensuring their confirmation.
Democrats are bitterly protesting the plan, saying they were cheated by McConnell’s 2016 refusal to hold a vote on President Barack Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland, when the president and Senate majority were of different parties.
Trump said this week he’s considering five women to replace Ginsburg, including federal appeals court Judges Amy Coney Barrett, 48, and Barbara Lagoa, 52.
Trump met with Barrett, a judge on the Chicago-based US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, on Monday at the White House and said afterward he may meet with Lagoa during a trip to Miami on Friday. Lagoa is a judge on the Atlanta-based Eleventh Circuit.
Barrett was considered in 2018 for the nomination given to Brett Kavanaugh and already faces criticism from Democrats for her Catholic faith. She is well-known to DC Republicans and considered likely to cement an ideological shift on the court.
Lagoa is a Cuban-American favorite among Florida Republicans who argue her selection could rally Latinos behind the president ahead of the election.
After lying in repose at the Supreme Court, Ginsburg’s casket on Friday will lie in state in the National Statuary Hall of the Capitol, said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.