PRESIDENT Donald Trump says he will likely nominate a female judge to the Supreme Court to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Speaking with reporters outside The White House on Saturday, Trump said a woman is in "first place" to take the seat, before naming top female judges Amy Coney Barrett and Barbara Lagoa on his shortlist.
The president earlier claimed he has an "obligation" to fill the seat "without delay" following the death of Justice Ginsburg, who passed away on Friday aged 87 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Trump told reporters a woman would be "most likely" for a nomination of a Supreme Court seat as he prepared to head for a rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
"If someone were to ask me now, I would say a woman would be in first place, yes," Trump said.
"The choice of a woman I would say would certainly be appropriate."
During a phone call with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Friday night, Trump indicated favor for two women in particular, sources told The Washington Post.
Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, and Barbara Lagoa of the 11th Circuit were both named on the call, two sources told The Post.
Allison Jones Rushing, who served as a clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch, is also up for consideration, the Associated Press reported.
As Trump considers women as the top picks, one male – Judge Amul Thapar – is also reportedly on the list.
"We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices," Trump tweeted on Saturday morning.
"We have this obligation, without delay!" he added.
Trump's list of nominees is said to be "very short."
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