White House spox stresses Trump is 'Pro-Life' amid SCOTUS search

PHOTO: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders points to a reporter for a question during a press briefing at the White House, July 2, 2018, in Washington.PlayAlex Brandon/AP
WATCH Trump says he's met 4 Supreme Court justice candidates

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders would not disclose any details about which four candidates the president interviewed Monday, including any names of the contenders he met with, but she did reveal that the president will look for “certain characteristics” he’d like his nominee to embody.

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“He's looking for individuals that have the right intellect, the right temperament, and that will uphold the constitution,” Sanders said.

Sanders added that the president met for about 45 minutes with each candidate on Monday at the White House.

PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump pauses while speaking during a Face-to-Face With Our Future event in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House in Washington, June 27, 2018.Eric Thayer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
U.S. President Donald Trump pauses while speaking during a Face-to-Face With Our Future event in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House in Washington, June 27, 2018.

“The president is being very thoughtful about this process,” Sanders said. “Beyond that, I can tell you he met with four people today. The meetings lasted roughly 45 minutes.”

Sanders would not say whether Trump agrees that the nominee, who he will name next Monday, should respect the high court’s precedent, or whether he believes Roe v. Wade is settled law.

“The president is pro-life, but in terms of the process of selecting a Supreme Court nominee, as the President said last week, he's not going to discuss specific cases with those nominees,” Sanders repeated.

Asked if Sen. John McCain should resign as he battles brain cancer so an appointed replacement could vote on the Supreme Court nominee, Sanders said she hadn’t spoken to Trump about it.

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