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Trump Says Will "Most Likely" Pick Woman To Succeed US Top Court Judge

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"We will have a nominee very soon," Trump said. (File)

Washington:

US President Donald Trump vowed Saturday to nominate a successor, likely a woman, to replace late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "very soon."

"We will have a nominee very soon," he told reporters in Washington, adding: "Most likely it would be a woman."

Ginsburg, a progressive icon and a vocal Trump opponent, died Friday at the age of 87. Her death gives the president the opportunity to tilt the nine-justice Supreme Court bench solidly toward the right for decades to come with a 6-3 conservative majority.

"We want to respect the process and the process will move, I think it's going to move quickly actually," Trump told reporters.

Ginsburg's death comes just weeks before the November 3 presidential election, offering Republicans a chance to lock in a conservative majority at the court.

Only two female justices remain on the court: Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, both progressives appointed by former president Barack Obama.

Trump told reporters he would likely choose a female replacement.

"I think I could say that -- it would be a woman. If somebody were to ask me now, I would say that a woman would be in first place, yes, the choice of a woman I would say would certainly be appropriate," he said.

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