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Trump: I would fill Supreme Court vacancy before 2020 election

The Hill logo The Hill 6/24/2019 Jordan Fabian and Saagar Enjeti

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President Trump on Monday said he would make a nomination to the Supreme Court if there's a vacancy anytime before the 2020 presidential election.

"Would I do that? Of course," Trump said in an exclusive interview with The Hill when asked if he would try to fill a high court vacancy during election season.

The position is an apparent reversal for the president, who as a candidate in 2016 backed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) decision to block former President Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie sitting in a chair: Trump: I would fill Supreme Court vacancy before 2020 election © Greg Nash Trump: I would fill Supreme Court vacancy before 2020 election But the president denied that his position was an about-face, as Republicans control both the Senate and the White House.

"They couldn't get him approved. That's the other problem because they didn't have the Senate. If they had the Senate, they would have done it," Trump said of the Democrats.

"It depends. I mean, we have the Senate. We have a great Senate. We have great people. If we could get him approved, I would definitely do it. No, I'd do it a lot sooner than that. I'd do it. If there were three days left, I'd put somebody up hoping that I could get 'em done in three days, OK?" he continued.

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