Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., indicated Friday that the Senate has no plans to change the filibuster this year ahead of a likely fight over President Trump's impending Supreme Court nominee, even though some think a rule change will have to happen to get Trump's pick confirmed.

In an interview with The Hill, McConnell said that Senate rules were already established earlier in the year and will not change. The remark comes a day after Trump told Fox News that he would like to see the filibuster removed from the arsenal of Senate Democrats ahead of his Supreme Court nominee, which is expected next Thursday.

"Senate rules are a matter for the Senate and a lot of other people have opinions," McConnell said.

"We've already adopted the rules for this Congress at the beginning of the year," McConnell said. "Basically we didn't adopt any because in the Senate rules are permanent, unlike the House which every two year adopts a new set of rules. We don't."

The Kentucky Republican reiterated Friday that the Senate rules should not be altered on the eve of a fight over a high court nominee despite Trump's call, which he has argued for throughout his tenure in the Senate. He also took a veiled shot at former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who eliminated the filibuster on most presidential nominations in 2013 in an effort to confirm nominees by former President Barack Obama to the federal judiciary and executive branch.

"It takes 67 votes to change the rules in the Senate," McConnell said. "We saw one rather conspicuous exception to that a few years ago but no we don't have any current plans on the rules."

Democrats in 2013 allowed a rule change with less than 67 votes to happen, one that allows the Senate to advance non-Supreme Court nominees with just a simple majority instead of 60 votes.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Friday all but ruled out the possibility of a change to the filibuster rule this year.

McConnell made his comment in an interview with The Hill one day after President Trump said he wants Senate Republicans to strip Democrats of the power to filibuster Supreme Court nominees if they attempt to block his pick.

"Senate rules are a matter for the Senate and a lot of other people have opinions," McConnell said.

"We've already adopted the rules for this Congress at the beginning of the year. Basically we didn't adopt any because in the Senate rules are permanent, unlike the House which every two year adopts a new set of rules. We don't."

McConnell has argued throughout his Senate career that the chamber's rules can only be modified with a two-thirds vote, a striking contrast from his predecessor, former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who triggered the nuclear-option in 2013 to shield executive branch and most judicial nominees from filibusters.

"It takes 67 votes to change the rules in the Senate. We saw one rather conspicuous exception to that a few years ago but no we don't have any current plans on the rules," he said.

Trump told Fox News's Sean Hannity Thursday that he wants McConnell to use the nuclear option — a highly controversial procedural tactic — to strip the Democrats' ability to filibuster Supreme Court nominees if they try to keep late Justice Antonin Scalia's seat vacant.

McConnell has been pressed repeatedly about changing the filibuster rule for the Supreme Court and has always expressed the opinion that Trump's nominee will be confirmed.

"I'm confident we'll get a Supreme Court nominees confirmed. I expect an outstanding nominee sometime soon," McConnell recently told Fox News Sunday.

"I think it's noteworthy to look at how the Republican minority handled Bill Clinton in his first administration. Both of his first two nominees, Ginsberg and Breyer, no filibuster," he added in reference to liberal Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer.