President Trump wants Senate Republicans to use the nuclear option to change Senate rules if needed in order to confirm his Supreme Court nominee, he said in a yet-to-air interview with Fox News.
The "nuclear option" refers to the Senate majority's ability to lower the number of votes required to end debate on the yet-to-be-named nominee, which would allow Republicans to overcome Democratic obstruction and advance Trump's choice.
"Yes, I would," Trump told Fox News' Sean Hannity when asked whether he would want Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to use the nuclear option. "We have obstructionists, these are people that don't want, I think, what they did to [attorney general nominee] Jeff Sessions, who's a great man and a wonderful man, and then they delayed it another week because they have a one week delay option. That's not fair to a man."
Trump declined to answer whether his Supreme Court pick will be an originalist, as the late Justice Antonin Scalia was. Originalism is a judicial philosophy popularized by Scalia, which holds that the Constitution has a static meaning.
Trump said he has almost settled on who his Supreme Court nominee will be ahead of Thursday's self-imposed deadline, according to excerpts of the interview from Fox News.
"I have made my decision pretty much in my mind, yes," Trump said. "That's subject to change at the last moment, but I think this will be a great choice."