REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP ANNOUNCING HIS NOMINEE FOR ASSOCIATE JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
5:04 P.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you. I stand before you today to fulfill one of my highest and most important duties under the United States Constitution: the nomination of a Supreme Court Justice. (Applause.) This is my third such nomination after Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh. And it is a very proud moment indeed.
Over the past week, our nation has mourned the loss of a true American legend. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a legal giant and a pioneer for women. Her extraordinary life and legacy will inspire Americans for generations to come.
Now we gather in the Rose Garden to continue our never-ending task of ensuring equal justice and preserving the impartial rule of law.
Today, it is my honor to nominate one of our nation’s most brilliant and gifted legal minds to the Supreme Court. She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials, and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution: Judge Amy Coney Barrett. (Applause.)
We’re also joined by Amy’s husband, Jesse -- thank you, Jesse, very much -- and their seven beautiful children. Congratulations to you all. A very special day.
With us as well are the First Lady -- thank you, First Lady -- (applause) -- along with Vice President Mike Pence and his amazing wife, Karen. Thank you very much, Mike. (Applause.)
Judge Barrett is a graduate of Rhodes College and the University of Notre Dame Law School. At Notre Dame, she earned a full academic scholarship, served as the Executive Editor of the Law Review, graduated first in her class, and received the law school’s award for the best record of scholarship and achievement.
Upon graduation, she became a clerk for Judge Laurence Silberman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Amy then received one of the highest honors a young lawyer could have, serving as a clerk on the Supreme Court for Justice Antonin Scalia. A highly -- (applause) -- a very highly respected law professor at Notre Dame wrote to Justice Scalia with a one-sentence recommendation: “Amy Coney is the best student I ever had.” That’s pretty good. (Laughter.) Justice Scalia hired her shortly thereafter.
And we are honored to have his wonderful wife, Maureen -- where is Maureen? Maureen Scalia -- with us today. (Applause.) Thank you. And our great Secretary of Labor, thank you very much. Thank you, Mr. Secretary. (Applause.) Very good genes in that family, I will say. Very good genes.
Before joining the bench, Judge Barrett spent 15 years as a Professor at the University of Notre Dame Law School. She was renowned for her scholarship, celebrated by her colleagues, and beloved by her students. Three times, she was selected at Notre Dame, Distinguished Professor of the Year.
When I nominated Judge Barrett to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in 2017, every law clerk from her time at the Supreme Court endorsed her and endorsed her nomination, writing, quote, “We are Democrats, Republicans, and independents…yet we write to support the nomination of Professor Barrett to be a Circuit Judge…Professor Barrett is a woman of remarkable intellect and character. She is eminently qualified for the job.”
And I can tell you, I did that too. I looked and I studied, and you are very eminently qualified for this job. You are going to be fantastic. Thank you. (Applause.) Really fantastic.
The entire Notre Dame Law facility and faculty, everybody -- everybody at that school also -- we got so many letters -- also wrote letters of support of Amy’s nomination to the Seventh Circuit. They wrote, in effect: “Despite our differences, we unanimously agree that our constitutional system depends upon an independent judiciary staffed by talented people devoted to the fair and impartial administration of the rule of law. And we unanimously agree that Amy is such a person.”
For the last three years, Judge Barrett has served with immense distinction on the federal bench. Amy is more than a stellar scholar and judge; she is also a profoundly devoted mother. Her family is a core part of who Amy is. She opened her home and her heart, and adopted two beautiful children from Haiti. Her incredible bond with her youngest child, a son with Down Syndrome, is a true inspiration.
If confirmed, Justice Barrett will make history as the first mother of school-aged children ever to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. That’s good. (Applause.)
To her children Emma, Vivian, Tess, John Peter, Liam, Juliet, and Benjamin, thank you for sharing your incredible mom with our country. Thank you very much. (Applause.)
Amy Coney Barrett will decide cases based on the text of the Constitution as written. As Amy has said, “Being a judge takes courage. You are not there to decide cases as you may prefer. You are there to do your duty and to follow the law wherever it may take you.” That is exactly what Judge Barrett will do on the U.S. Supreme Court.
I want to thank the members of the Senate. We have so many of them here today. Thank you very much. I see you in the audience, and you're so proud. But I want to thank you for your commitment and to providing a fair and timely hearing. I know it will be that.
Judge Barrett was confirmed to the Circuit Court three years ago by a bipartisan vote. Her qualifications are unsurpassed -- unsurpassed -- and her record is beyond reproach. This should be a straightforward and prompt confirmation. It should be very easy. Good luck. (Laughter.) It's going to be very quick. I'm sure it'll be extremely non-controversial. We said that the last time, didn’t we? Well, thank you all very much, and thank you for being here. That’s really great. Thank you. (Applause.)
I further urge all members of the other side of the aisle to provide Judge Barrett with the respectful and dignified hearing that she deserves and, frankly, that our country deserves. I urge lawmakers and members of the media to refrain from personal or partisan attacks.
And the stakes for our country are incredibly high. Rulings that the Supreme Court will issue in the coming years will decide the survival of our Second Amendment, our religious liberty, our public safety, and so much more.
To maintain security, liberty, and prosperity, we must preserve our priceless heritage of a nation of laws, and there is no one better to do that than Amy Coney Barrett.
Law and order is the foundation of the American system of justice. No matter the issue, no matter the case before her, I am supremely confident that Judge Barrett will issue rulings based solely upon a fair reading of the law. She will defend the sacred principle of equal justice for citizens of every race, color, religion, and creed.
Congratulations again to Judge Barrett. I know that you will make our country very, very proud. Please, Amy, say a few words. Thank you very much. Congratulations. Congratulations. (Applause.)
JUDGE BARRETT: Thank you very much, Mr. President. I am deeply honored by the confidence that you have placed in me. And I am so grateful to you and the First Lady, to the Vice President and the Second Lady, and to so many others here for your kindness on this rather overwhelming occasion.
I fully understand that this is a momentous decision for a President. And if the Senate does me the honor of confirming me, I pledge to discharge the responsibilities of this job to the very best of my ability. I love the United States, and I love the United States Constitution. I am truly -- (applause) -- I am truly humbled by the prospect of serving on the Supreme Court.
Should I be confirmed, I will be mindful of who came before me. The flag of the United States is still flying at half-staff in memory of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to mark the end of a great American life. Justice Ginsburg began her career at a time when women were not welcome in the legal profession. But she not only broke glass ceilings, she smashed them. For that, she has won the admiration of women across the country and, indeed, all over the world. (Applause.)
She was a woman of enormous talent and consequence, and her life of public service serves as an example to us all. Particularly poignant to me was her long and deep friendship with Justice Antonin Scalia, my own mentor.
Justices Scalia and Ginsburg disagreed fiercely in print without rancor in person. Their ability to maintain a warm and rich friendship, despite their differences, even inspired an opera. These two great Americans demonstrated that arguments, even about matters of great consequence, need not destroy affection. In both my personal and professional relationships, I strive to meet that standard.
I was lucky enough to clerk for Justice Scalia, and given his incalculable influence on my life, I am very moved to have members of the Scalia family here today, including his dear wife, Maureen.
I clerked for Justice Scalia more than 20 years ago, but the lessons I learned still resonate. His judicial philosophy is mine too: A judge must apply the law as written. Judges are not policymakers, and they must be resolute in setting aside any policy views they might hold. The President has asked me to become the ninth justice, and as it happens, I'm used to being in a group of nine: my family. (Laughter.)
Our family includes me, my husband Jesse, Emma, Vivian, Tess, John Peter, Liam, Juliet, and Benjamin. Vivian and John Peter, as the President said, were born in Haiti and they came to us, five years apart, when they were very young. And the most revealing fact about Benjamin, our youngest, is that his brothers and sisters unreservedly identify him as their favorite sibling.
Our children obviously make our life very full. While I am a judge, I'm better known back home as a room parent, carpool driver, and birthday party planner. When schools went remote last spring, I tried on another hat. Jesse and I became co-principals of the Barrett e-learning academy. (Laughter.) And, yes, the list of enrolled students was a very long one.
Our children are my greatest joy, even though they deprive me of any reasonable amount of sleep. I couldn't manage this very full life without the unwavering support of my husband, Jesse. At the start of our marriage, I imagined that we would run our household as partners. As it has turned out, Jesse does far more than his share of the work. To my chagrin, I learned at dinner recently that my children consider him to be the better cook. (Laughter.)
For 21 years, Jesse has asked me, every single morning, what he can do for me that day. And though I almost always say "nothing," he still finds ways to take things off my plate. And that's not because he has a lot of free time -- he has a busy law practice -- it's because he is a superb and generous husband, and I am very fortunate.
Jesse and I -- (applause) -- Jesse and I have a life full of relationships, not only with our children, but with siblings, friends, and fearless babysitters, one of whom is with us today. I am particularly grateful to my parents, Mike and Linda Coney. I spent the bulk of -- I have spent the bulk of my adulthood as a Midwesterner, but I grew up in their New Orleans home. And as my brother and sisters can also attest, Mom and Dad's generosity extends not only to us, but to more people than any of us could count. They are an inspiration.
It is important at a moment like this to acknowledge family and friends. But this evening, I also want to acknowledge you, my fellow Americans. The President has nominated me to serve on the United States Supreme Court, and that institution belongs to all of us.
If confirmed, I would not assume that role for the sake of those in my own circle, and certainly not for my own sake. I would assume this role to serve you. I would discharge the judicial oath, which requires me to administer justice without respect to persons, do equal right to the poor and rich, and faithfully and impartially discharge my duties under the United States Constitution.
I have no illusions that the road ahead of me will be easy, either for the short term or the long haul. I never imagined that I would find myself in this position. But now that I am, I assure you that I will meet the challenge with both humility and courage.
Members of the United States Senate, I look forward to working with you during the confirmation process, and I will do my very best to demonstrate that I am worthy of your support. Thank you. (Applause.)
THE PRESIDENT: Come on up, family. Come on up, family. I want to acknowledge Attorney General Bill Barr. Bill, thank you very much for being here. Chief of Staff -- thank you very much, Chief. You’re doing a great job. And all of the senators -- please, we really appreciate it. And I know you're going to have a busy couple of weeks, but I think it's going to be easier than you might think.
So, thank you very much for being here. Thank you all. Thank you all very much. Thank you. Congratulations, Amy. (Applause.)
President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States
Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Judge Barrett has served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit since 2017. Before becoming a judge, she was the Diane and M.O. Miller, II Research Chair in Law and Professor of Law at Notre Dame Law School, where her scholarship focused on constitutional and statutory interpretation and the Federal courts. Judge Barrett has also served as a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at the University of Virginia Law School and the John M. Olin Fellow in Law at George Washington University Law School. Earlier in her career, she practiced at the prestigious law firms Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin LLP and Baker Botts LLP. Judge Barrett clerked on the Supreme Court for Justice Antonin Scalia and for Judge Laurence H. Silberman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Rhodes College in Tennessee and a summa cum laude graduate of Notre Dame Law School, where she graduated first in her class.
Judge Barrett is known for her keen intellect, piercing legal analysis, and generous spirit. Judge Barrett lives in Indiana with her husband Jesse and their seven children.
JUDGE AMY CONEY BARRETT’S EXCEPTIONAL LEGAL EXPERIENCE, EXPERTISE, AND JUDICIAL RECORD MAKE HER THE RIGHT CHOICE TO SERVE ON THE SUPREME COURT
“Apart from matters of war and peace, the nomination of a Supreme Court justice is the most important decision an American President can make.” – President Donald J. Trump
THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR THE COURT: Judge Amy Coney Barrett will serve the American people with honor and distinction on the Supreme Court.
Judge Barrett’s extensive experience as a professor and litigator, record of academic success, and outstanding judicial record make her an excellent choice to serve on the Supreme Court.
Judge Barrett is currently serving the American people on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Judge Barrett has demonstrated a steadfast dedication to upholding the Constitution as written, and not legislating from the bench.
Judge Barrett’s excellent judicial record shows she will protect the rights of Americans and defend the rule of law.
Judge Barrett’s character and work ethic have earned her awards and bipartisan praise from the legal community.
Judge Barrett’s colleagues at Notre Dame Law School signed a letter supporting her 2017 nomination, calling her “a model of the fair, impartial and sympathetic judge.”
In 2017, a bipartisan group of law professors – including professors from Harvard and Stanford and other law schools around the country – urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to confirm Judge Barrett to the Seventh Circuit, describing her work as “rigorous, fair-minded, respectful, and constructive.”
The American Bar Association rated Judge Barrett as “well qualified” in 2017.
EXCEPTIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: Judge Amy Coney Barrett brings a wealth of experience from her time in private practice, academia, and public service.
Since 2017, Judge Barrett has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit after she was nominated by President Trump and confirmed on a bipartisan vote.
Judge Barrett was appointed by Chief Justice John Roberts to sit on the Advisory Committee on Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, where she served from 2010 to 2016.
After graduating from law school, Judge Barrett clerked for D.C. Circuit Judge Laurence Silberman and for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Judge Barrett practiced both trial and appellate litigation in Washington, D.C. at Miller, Cassidy, Larroca, & Lewin, and at Baker Botts.
Judge Barrett worked for more than 15 years in academia, shaping the next generation of legal minds and supporting the professional development of her students.
PROVEN RECORD OF SUCCESS: Judge Amy Coney Barrett has received numerous awards as a result of her excellence as a legal scholar and professor.
Judge Barrett graduated summa cum laude from Notre Dame Law School and received the Hoynes Prize for achieving the best record in scholarship, deportment, and achievement.
At Rhodes College, Judge Barrett graduated with multiple highly respected honors, including induction into Phi Beta Kappa.
At Notre Dame Law School, she received the John M. Olin Fellowship for aspiring academics and earned a tenure-track faculty position.
Judge Barrett was later awarded the Diane & M.O. Miller, II Research Chair in Law.
Three graduating classes at Notre Dame Law have selected Judge Barrett as the “Distinguished Professor of the Year.”
Judge Barrett served as a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at the University of Virginia Law School.
Judge Barrett’s scholarly work has been published in several prominent journals, including the Columbia Law Review, Virginia Law Review, and Texas Law Review.
WATCH LIVE at 5 p.m. ET: President Trump announces his nomination for the Supreme Court!
In just a few minutes, President Trump will announce his nomination for the 115th Supreme Court Justice of the United States.
Like Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh—along with the hundreds of Federal judges that President Trump has appointed to the lower courts—this justice will uphold the rule of law and honor our U.S. Constitution as written. Together, these judges will make a lasting impact on America’s courts for decades to come.
Tune in live as President Trump announces his THIRD Supreme Court nominee. A video of the ceremony will also be available after the event using the link below.
Marine One carrying President Donald J. Trump lifts off from the South Lawn of the White House Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, en route to Joint Base Andrews, Md. to begin his trip to Ohio. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)
President Donald J. Trump boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, en route to Dayton, Ohio. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
National Security Advisor to the Vice President Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg (Ret.) participates in a press briefing on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Randy Florendo)
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany answers a reporter’s question during a press briefing Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Randy Florendo)
President Donald J. Trump is escorted from Marine One to Air Force One by United States Air Force Col. Stephen Snelson at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, en route to Pittsburgh. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
President Donald J. Trump disembarks Air Force One at Pittsburg International Airport Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Pittsburgh. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
President Donald J. Trump waves as he boards Air Force One at Pittsburg International Airport in Pittsburgh, Pa. Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, for his return to Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
President Donald J. Trump disembarks Air Force One and presents a Presidential challenge coin to a United States Air Force One security officer completing his final flight Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at Joint Base Andrews, Md. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
Vice President Mike Pence waves as he boards Air Force Two at Manchester Airport in Manchester, N.H. Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, en route to Joint Base Andrews, Md. (Official White House Photo by Delano Scott)
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks during an event honoring Bay of Pigs Veterans Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)
President Donald J. Trump listens as Vice President Mike Pence delivers remarks during an event honoring Bay of Pigs Veterans Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Delano Scott)
President Donald J. Trump listens as Humberto Cortina delivers remarks during an event honoring Bay of Pigs Veterans Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)
President Donald J. Trump, joined by Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch and United States Attorney General William Barr, meets with State attorneys general on protecting consumers from social media abuses Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in the Cabinet Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)
President Donald J. Trump, joined by United States Attorney General William Barr, meets with State attorneys general on protecting consumers from social media abuses Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in the Cabinet Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)
President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks during a press conference Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)
President Donald J. Trump answers a reporter’s question during a press conference Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)
President Donald J. Trump listens as Advisor Dr. Scott Atlas delivers remarks during a press conference Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)
Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence pay their respects to Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, as she lies in repose at the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Justice Ginsburg passed away on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (Official White House Photo by Delano Scott)
Thursday, September 24, 2020
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pay their respects to Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, as she lies in repose at the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Justice Ginsburg passed away on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pay their respects to Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, as she lies in repose at the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Justice Ginsburg passed away on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
President Donald J. Trump pays his respects to Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, as she lies in repose at the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Justice Ginsburg passed away on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump depart after paying their respects to Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, as she lies in repose at the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Justice Ginsburg passed away on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
President Donald J. Trump salutes North Carolina Air National Guardsmen Col. Kevin Harkey, 1st Lt. Zak Leddy, and Airman 1st Class Austin Dover as he disembarks Air Force One Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, N.C. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks on the America First Healthcare Plan Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, at the Duke Energy Hangar in Charlotte, N.C. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
President Donald J. Trump, joined on stage by medical professionals and invited guests, signs an Executive Order on an America First Healthcare Plan Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, at the Duke Energy Hangar in Charlotte, N.C. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
President Donald J. Trump, joined on stage by medical professionals and invited guests, displays his signature on an Executive Order on protecting insurance for people with pre-existing medical conditions Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, at the Duke Energy Hangar in Charlotte, N.C. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
President Donald J. Trump boards Air Force One at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, N.C. Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, en route to Cecil Airport in Jacksonville, Fla. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
Vice President Mike Pence participates in a tour of Midwest Manufacturing Countertops with Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump and Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Eau Claire, Wis. (Official White House Photo by Delano Scott)
Vice President Mike Pence delivers remarks during a Made in America event Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, at Midwest Manufacturing Countertops in Eau Claire, Wis. (Official White House Photo by Delano Scott)
Friday, September 25, 2020
President Donald J. Trump is escorted to Marine One by United States Air Force Col. Stephen Snelson after disembarking Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Friday, Sept.25, 2020. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
Presidential Message on the National Day of Prayer and Return, 2020
On this inaugural National Day of Prayer and Return, the First Lady and I join millions of Christians here in the United States and around the world in prayer, as we turn our hearts to our Lord and Savior.
Our great Nation was founded by men and women of deep and abiding faith—a faith that has stood the test of time. Four hundred years ago, early American settlers trusted their lives to His providence and braved a voyage to a New World. From the pilgrims who sought His protection aboard the Mayflower to the countless believers who today bow their heads to ask for His guidance during these unprecedented times, our country continues to turn to the Lord. Following in our ancestors’ footsteps we continue the “firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence” that provides us enduring strength and reassurance in our times of need.
The trials and tribulations the American people have faced over the past several months have been great. Yet, as we have seen time and again, the resolve of our citizenry—fortified by our faith in God—has guided us through these hardships and helped to unite us as one Nation under God. As we continue to combat the challenges ahead of us, we must remember the sage words of President George Washington during his first Presidential Address: “propitious smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.” As a country and a people, let us renew our commitment to these abiding and timeless principles.
Today, I am pleased to join my voice to yours in thanking God for blessing this nation with great power and responsibility. With reverence, humility, and thanksgiving, we beg for His continued guidance and protection.
REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AFTER AIR FORCE ONE ARRIVAL
Joint Base Andrews Prince George’s County, Maryland
6:05 P.M. EDT
Q Have you made your final decision on your Supreme Court pick?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I'll be announcing it tomorrow -- the decision. And I've made it -- in my own mind, yes, I have. And I'll be announcing the decision tomorrow. It’s very exciting. Five o'clock at the White House Rose Garden. So that decision will be made. It is made in my own mind, but we'll be announcing it tomorrow, five o'clock, at the White House.
Q Is it Amy? Is it Amy Coney Barrett? Everybody says that.
THE PRESIDENT: Well, she’s outstanding, but I haven't said that. I'll be announcing it tomorrow at five o'clock. We are going to make a roundtable now, and then I'm going to Virginia, as you know. We're doing a rally tonight, and then we'll call it a day. I would say that's a pretty good day.
Q Did you meet with Lagoa while you were in Florida?
THE PRESIDENT: Say who?
Q Did you meet with Lagoa?
THE PRESIDENT: No, I did not.
Q So you have not met with her?
THE PRESIDENT: By the way, a very highly thought-of person, I have to say that. But I did not.
Q So lawmakers -- are lawmakers being told that it’s Coney Barrett? They are?
THE PRESIDENT: Is that what they’re telling you?
Q That they think -- are they being told that?
THE PRESIDENT: You’re going to find out -- you’re going to find out tomorrow. (Laughs.)
Q Is it her?
THE PRESIDENT: You’ll find out tomorrow. She’s very -- look, they are all great. It could be any one of them. It could be, actually, anyone on the list. They’re outstanding. But I’ll be announcing tomorrow at the White House.
So we’re going for a roundtable now. We had an exciting day with Hispanics and the African American community. We're going to have a big roundtable now at the hotel, and then we’re going -- I don’t know who’s going with me. Is anybody going with me on this -- the rally? Steve, you want to see another rally. I know that.
Q Jeff. Jeff will be with you tonight.
THE PRESIDENT: Say it?
Q Jeff will be with you tonight.
THE PRESIDENT: Okay, good.
Q Tell me: What is it you like about Amy Coney Barrett?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I haven’t said it was her. But she is outstanding. But they’re all outstanding. They’re all very outstanding people -- top of line academically and every way possible.
Q Did you meet with Barbara Lagoa today?
THE PRESIDENT: I did not. No, I did not.
Q You did not.
THE PRESIDENT: No, I did not. Have a good time everybody.
Q When you promised to appoint pro-life judges, was the goal --
THE PRESIDENT: Say it?
Q When you promised to appoint pro-life justices, was the goal to overturn Roe v. Wade?
THE PRESIDENT: No, no. We’ll see -- you’ll be seeing all of that tomorrow. We have not made our intentions felt, but you'll be seeing tomorrow.
Okay? Good. Thank you. And I’ll see some of you -- some are traveling with me tonight.
THE PRESIDENT: And I think I speak tonight at nine o’clock in Virginia. Okay? Thank you.
On National Hunting and Fishing Day, we pause to reflect on the breathtaking natural wonders and resources that abound throughout our great Nation. American hunters, anglers, and outdoorsmen are entrusted with stewardship of these treasured blessings, sustaining our lands and waters through recreation and conservation efforts. These men and women also make substantial contributions to local economies, supporting individuals and communities and preserving longstanding American sporting traditions.
As they have been since the founding of our country, hunting and fishing remain an integral part of the American identity. In addition to being great stewards of the land, hunters and anglers are also keepers of our rich ecological and conservation traditions, which have been passed down through generations. Hunting and fishing have long functioned as an effective means to manage certain wildlife populations, and time spent in nature promotes awareness of best practices for effectively managing ecosystems throughout the United States. In addition, sales of licenses, tags, and other permits support conservation efforts and contribute to research that furthers our understanding of how to best care for our natural environment. The men and women who hunt and fish our lands and waters cultivate a deep respect for our natural resources and foster greater understanding of mankind's relation to nature, sustaining a uniquely American ethos rooted in the values of individualism and self-sufficiency.
In addition to the importance of hunting and fishing to our cultural heritage, hunters and anglers also help fuel our economy. In 2017, outdoor recreation in the United States supported 5.2 million jobs. These jobs and the activities they support contribute more than $70 billion to our economy and account for more than 2 percent of the United States' gross domestic product. Many hunting and fishing jobs are located in rural communities, focusing economic activity in areas that are often in need of investment and support.
Because of the vital importance of hunting and fishing to the health of our lands and waters and the strength of our national economy, I have championed conservation efforts and supported American outdoorsmen since my first day in office. In March of 2019, I signed into law the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, marking the most important public lands designation in a decade. This legislation, combined with other actions taken at my direction by the Department of the Interior, has expanded or proposed to expand nearly 4 million acres across the country to hunting and fishing. To further preserve our Nation's natural resources for the American people, this past August I signed the Great American Outdoors Act -- the largest single investment ever in America's public lands. This historic legislation provides $900 million a year in permanent funding to the Land and Water Conservation Fund, allocates $9.5 billion over 5 years to restore our public lands, and won the endorsement of more than 850 conservation groups and 43 sportsmen and sportswomen groups.
On National Hunting and Fishing Day, we emphasize our appreciation for the majestic natural beauty of our Nation, and we celebrate the stewards of the great American traditions that are tied to our lands and waters. Together, we commit to supporting hunting and fishing throughout the United States and passing on these cherished traditions to future generations, securing a future for sportsmanship and conservation in our country.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 26, 2020, as National Hunting and Fishing Day. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day by sharing the great outdoors with your family and friends, and practice conservation and preservation with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fifth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.