His retirement, which takes effect on July 31, gives Trump a second Supreme Court appointment in his 17 months in office after the Republican president a year ago selected Neil Gorsuch, who has already become one of the most conservative justices. His retirement takes effect on July 31, the court said.
Trump called Kennedy a man "of tremendous vision" and said he hopes the next justice will be "just as outstanding". The hashtag "NoMuslimBanEver" trended on Twitter as arguments were made before the Supreme Court in April, during which time Solicitor General Noel Francisco said that Islam was "one of the great countries of the world". We'll add to the post as they come in, so refresh for the latest.
And, from a raw political calculus, Trump and the GOP also get a boost heading into the midterm elections from a conservative voter base that will be galvanized anew by a polarizing Supreme Court confirmation battle. He previously served as a federal appeals court judge in California. Trump said Wednesday that he would choose Kennedy's replacement from a list that he assembled during his presidential campaign, a roster filled with conservative nominees. Trump told reporters Wednesday that he plans to nominate a justice from that list.
The travel ban has been fully in place since December, when the justices stopped lower court decisions that had blocked part of it from being enforced.
Experts supporting the decision are at pains to explain that this decision is less of a Muslim ban and much more of a "Muslim terrorism" ban.
One of Trump's most popular actions with his political base so far was his nomination past year of the conservative justice Neil Gorsuch, and Trump has promised to tap an equally conservative judge as his second pick, given the chance. A Republican appointee, he has held the key vote on such high-profile issues as abortion, affirmative action, gay rights, guns, campaign finance and voting rights.
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Jermaine told the Daily Mail June 20 that he and his siblings were struggling to get information on their father's condition. You gave us strength, you made us one of the most famous families in the world, ' wrote his daughter LaToya on Wednesday.
Conservative activists have long dreamed of building a firmly conservative majority on the court that would push to overturn the landmark 1973 ruling in the case Roe v Wade that legalised abortion nationwide.
Trump said the ruling vindicated his decision. Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan also dissented.
Republicans now hold a bare 51-49 majority in the Senate, although that includes the ailing Senator John McCain of Arizona.
Mr. Merkley said a nominee shouldn't be considered until after the November primaries. If Democrats stand united in opposition to President Trump's choice, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky can lose no more than one vote.
Gorsuch replaced Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in 2016, during former President Barack Obama's final term.
"I look forward to meeting with and evaluating the qualifications of whoever President Trump nominates to become a justice on the Supreme Court", Manchin said in a statement.