Earlier in his presidency, Donald Trump reportedly spoke of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s health — along with Justice Sonia Sotomayor — in hopes he will be able to replace both women by the end of his first term.
Axios previously reported that White House sources who have spoken with President Trump about the Supreme Court said he believes he will appoint a total of four new justices by the end of 2020.
The first, Justice Neil Gorsuch, was obvious, and Trump’s prediction that Justice Anthony Kennedy would retire was understandable — the president already appointed his replacement, Brett Kavanaugh.
But one source said Trump spoke of Ginsburg and Sotomayor replacements as essentially in the bag, due to the justices’ health issues:
"Ok," one source told Trump, "so that's two. Who are the others?"
"Ginsburg," Trump replied. "What does she weigh? 60 pounds?"
"Who's the fourth?" the source asked.
"Sotomayor," Trump said, referring to the relatively recently-appointed Obama justice, whose name is rarely, if ever, mentioned in speculation about the next justice to be replaced. "Her health," Trump explained. "No good. Diabetes."