Trump will announce his nominee for the seat in a characteristic display of political braggadocio on primetime TV on Monday night. The President interviewed seven candidates from his master-list of 25 judges, the White House said. The first two are the top contenders for the position, said NPR.
Mr Trump has chosen prime time to make the announcement. Mr Thapar was on the shortlist of candidates after judge Antonin Scalia died in 2016.
Savoring the suspense, Trump has sought to keep people guessing in the final hours, hoping to replicate his successful announcement of Justice Neil Gorsuch a year ago.
Talking to reporters travelling with him to Montana overseas Air Force One, Mr Trump said he has interviewed some "extraordinarily talented and brilliant" people during the process. That, plus his time as a White House staff secretary under President George W. Bush, and his time helping Ken Starr investigate President Bill Clinton, may mean Kavanaugh is passed over. "We've been talking about this for 36 years going all the way back to the nomination of Sandra O'Connor, and after that you only have a single individual on the court who has expressly said he would overturn Roe". This will be 6.30 am IST, 10 July.
The American people deserve to have their say on senators who may serve as a check on the president, do they not?
"I think of the four people, I have it down to three or two".
He said he believes that any of the four candidates on the short list will dismantle Roe v. Wade and other hard-fought rights. On Sunday there was no indication that he had yet made his decision, as speculation continued to swirl around the appointment. "They're good judges. I think they'd be fine justices of the Supreme Court". We'll announce it on Monday.
McConnell was originally hopeful that Trump would select Amul Thapar, a federal appeals court judge who was previously on the bench in Kentucky, but has concluded that the president is unlikely to name him.
In return, Hogue said, senators should demand of the nominee in the course of the confirmation process that they give an affirmative declaration that they would uphold Roe v Wade.
The issue is that with Senator John McCain out because of his brain cancer, the Republicans can not lose any votes and still get confirmation.
The president's only public statement about the choice confronting him came in a tweet from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he was spending the weekend.