Justice William Brennan, a Republican nominee whom President Dwight Eisenhower reportedly considered one of his two biggest mistakes (the other was Chief Justice Earl Warren), once said that the most important word in the court's lexicon is - no, not "justice" or "freedom" or "equality" - "five".
"I've got it narrowed to about five", he said, including two women.
A number of Clean Air Act cases could also come before the Supreme Court in the next few years, though observers don't expect the court to overturn its MA v. EPA decision.
Trump told Fox Business Network this week that he would probably not ask the question of potential nominees.
When asked is issues affecting women are the "most important" for 2018 candidates to discuss, almost half (48 percent) said they are "very important but not the most important issue".
During his campaign, Mr Trump promised to deliver "pro-life" judges to the Supreme Court - a prospect that has alarmed women's rights groups.
Democrats immediately called for a delay in the confirmation process until after the seating of a new Congress following November's mid-term elections, arguing it was even closer to the election now than when Scalia died in 2016.
Republicans now hold majorities in both congressional chambers.
West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin says it would be tough to support someone who would revamp the landmark decision.
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Democrats who voted for President Trump's first nominee to the Supreme Court, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, met with the president Thursday to talk about the Supreme Court, according to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said there would be a vote on a Trump nominee in the fall.
"While liberals have been able to pick off a number of crucial victories in years past on hotly contested matters, they will nearly always fall short in the future without Justice Kennedy on the bench now".
The "Biden rule" was the Senate equivalent of Supreme Court "dicta", but McConnell's "no hearings, no votes" stance in 2016 is an actual precedent.
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is seen during a ceremony at the White House, April 10, 2017. "I think that's one thing (that) energizes conservatives more than anything else, is the Supreme Court". They include judges Amy Coney Barrett, 46, the most talked-about woman on the list; Thomas Hardiman, 52, the runner-up to Gorsuch previous year; Raymond Kethledge, 51, another former Kennedy clerk; and Amul Thapar, 49, a favorite of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
"Any Democrat who votes for Trump's nominee (assuming it's someone from his list of 25) will be voting to overturn Roe v. Wade".
Trump said he would make his announcement on July 9, the day before he is scheduled to leave on a presidential trip to Europe.
"I hope that my Republican colleagues who believe that women, not the government, have the right to control their bodies will stand with those of us who oppose any nominee who would deny women the right to choose", said independent Sen.