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PoliticsTrump rules out expanding Supreme Court in a dig at 2020 Dems

21:55  19 march  2019
21:55  19 march  2019 Source:   politico.com

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President Donald Trump asserted Tuesday that the Supreme Court will remain with nine judges for at least the next six years.

Asked in a Rose Garden news conference about the budding proposal among some 2020 Democrats to expand the Supreme Court, the president definitively ruled out the possibility, guaranteeing that if the court added justices, it wouldn’t be until the end of his second term.

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“No, I wouldn't entertain that,” he said.

Trump accused the Democrats warming to such a possibility of, essentially, being sore losers.

"The only reason that they’re doing that, they want to try and catch up, so if they can't catch up through the ballot box, by winning an election, they want to try doing it in a different way," he said.

Three Democratic senators — Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts — told POLITICO this week they’d be open to the idea, following a similar willingness expressed by fellow Democratic candidates Pete Buttigieg and Beto O’Rourke.

Their openness follows pressure from several liberal activist groups for a more aggressive approach to the judiciary after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made confirming conservative judges a cornerstone of his agenda.

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While several 2020 Democrats have been receptive to the idea of diluting the Supreme Court’s conservative majority — a historic move that would surely encounter intense resistance — others have been more tepid about trying to institute such a sweeping change, instead proposing other reforms like imposing term limits or more stringent ethics rules on justices.

But Trump on Tuesday was conclusive in his view of the matter.

“We would have no interest in that whatsoever,” he said. “It will never happen. It won't happen, I guarantee you, it won’t happen for six years.”

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