Justin Clark, director of the Office of Public Liaison, will oversee White House coordination with outside groups.
However, as host Jake Tapper was quick to point out, Collins voted to confirm Neil Gorsuch, a Trump pick whose track record against women's reproductive rights includes his recent decision to side with "crisis pregnancy centers", which exist for the sole goal of convincing women to carry pregnancies to term.
A new report from a conservative news outlet says President Donald Trump is no longer seriously considering Sen.
Sanders wouldn't provide the names of the candidates who met with Trump or the two to three candidates expected to meet with the president later this week.
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General Motors warned last week, for example, that retaliatory duties from other countries could force it to cut jobs in the U.S. It's the same approach the Trump administration used before it slapped tariffs on steel and aluminum imports earlier this year.
The president spent the weekend at his Bedminster golf club, consulting with advisers, including White House counsel Don McGahn, as he considers his options to fill the vacancy with a justice who has the potential to be part of precedent-shattering court decisions on abortion, health care, gay marriage and other issues. One good example is retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan and voted in favor of abortion rights. All three voted to confirm Gorsuch.
Senators Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have voiced support for the legality of abortion, with Collins saying that she would find any nominee who opposes the Roe v. Wade decision to be "unacceptable".
The other top potential nominees are said to be Thomas Hardiman, who serves on the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Raymond Kethledge of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati, Ohio; and Amul Thapar, whom Trump named an appellate court judge, also for the Sixth Circuit. Vice President Mike Pence can be called on to break a tie.
"I stressed the importance of nominating someone to the Supreme Court who is pragmatic, fair, compassionate, committed to justice and above politics - traits that match Justice Kennedy", Heitkamp said after the meeting. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg-a Democratic appointee and the Supreme Court's most fervent liberal-is 84.
It is possible that Trump's nominee will prove more divisive than Gorsuch.
Kavanaugh is a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Republicans control the chamber by only a slim majority, making the views of moderates, including some Democrats, important.