Reporters spoke with President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway on Wednesday, and one of the issues that came up was if Trump was considering altering his list of nominees for the Supreme Court.
Speaking at Trump Tower in New York City, Conway told reporters, “You’ve seen the list of 21. The list has not changed. President-elect Trump has committed to choosing his Supreme Court justices, particularly the vacancy created by the untimely death of Justice Scalia. He’s committed to choosing from that list of 21,” she reiterated.
Her statement suggested that Trump was not considering Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to serve on the Supreme Court, despite rumors circulating in Washington.
Trump released his original list of 21 possible appointees in May, after Cruz withdrew from the Republican primaries. That list did not include the Texas Republican.
Cruz is a staunch conservative and accomplished lawyer. Many people believe Cruz’s commitment to the constitutional principles that are under attack today would make him an excellent choice for the Supreme Court.
Trump and Cruz sparred through much of the campaign, even after Cruz withdrew from the race. In fact, Cruz never fully endorsed Trump, and when he spoke at the Republican National Convention he urged voters to vote their conscience and never once uttered Trump’s name.
Cruz did eventually campaign for Trump and Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence very late in the campaign, but without notable enthusiasm for Trump himself.
We may never know if these factors played into Trump’s decision regarding justices, but Conway’s remarks made it sound like Cruz isn’t under consideration.
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H/T The Daily Caller