President Trump told reporters at the White House Wednesday afternoon he will choose a nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy immediately and said his pick will come from a list released by his transition team in November 2017.
"[Kennedy] has been a great justice of the supreme court," Trump said. "Hopefully we will pick someone who is just as outstanding."
The White House also released an official statement.
"Today, we thank Justice Anthony M. Kennedy for his thirty years of distinguished service on the Supreme Court of the United States. In 1987, President Reagan nominated him to the Court, and he was swiftly confirmed without opposition. A Californian—like the President who appointed him—Justice Kennedy is a true man of letters. During his tenure on the Court, he authored landmark opinions in every significant area of constitutional law, most notably on equal protection under the law, the separation of powers, and the First Amendment’s guarantees of freedom of speech and religion," the statement says. "Justice Kennedy has been a tireless voice for individual rights and the Founders’ enduring vision of limited government. His words have left an indelible mark not only on this generation, but on the fabric of American history."