But there's one qualification that could prove a problem for the judge: his ties to the Bush family have reportedly raised Trump's suspicions.
Two other candidates for the seat of the retiring Justice Anthony M. Kennedy - Judge Amy Coney Barrett and Judge Raymond Kethledge - were not the focus of Mr. Trump's morning discussions.... "A judge must be independent, and must interpret the law, not make the law".
Republicans are eager for conservatives to gain a firm majority on the court.
The nominee must be confirmed by the US Senate, which the Republican president's party narrowly controls 51-49. Trump's aides have prepared briefing books and booked television spots for his pick, anticipating that they'd have little time to spare between his decision and the reveal, sources tell ABC News.
The announcement was set to spark an intense fight between Republicans and Democrats during the ensuing confirmation process in the US Senate.
"She's been very clear that it's not the role of a judge to substitute religious beliefs with the rule of law", said Rick Garnett, a long-time friend and colleague of Barrett.
That kind of thinking could prove helpful to Trump, who has been dogged by accusations of sexual harassment, as well as possible obstruction of justice in the Russian Federation probe now being led by special counsel Robert Mueller. Trump is committed to placing an extreme ideologue on the Court, who could endanger environmental protections, overturn Roe v. Wade, and undermine protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
Maturing France must stifle Lukaku and Hazard, says Varane
Neymar will have to be careful not to pick up another booking as he would miss a semifinal should Brazil prevail. Football fans united in a bit of schadenfreude yesterday after Neymar's side were booted out of the World Cup .
Cohen says his loyalty is first to family and country, not Trump
Cohen told ABC that his decision to cooperate with federal investigators will be decided based on Petrillo's legal advice. Cohen really gave an "off camera" interview to @GStephanopoulos (whom I respect) for @GMA, he is dumber than I thought".
Nawaz, Maryam to be arrested upon arrival to Pakistan: NAB sources
Sharif was ousted from his third term as prime minister by the Supreme Court past year following a corruption investigation. Khan is running on a socially conservative, anti-corruption platform. 1990 - Elected prime minister for the first time.
Departing Bedminster on Sunday afternoon, Trump told reporters he planned to make a decision Sunday evening or Monday.
Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, though with ailing Senator John McCain battling cancer in his home state of Arizona they now can muster only 50 votes.
Manchin's spokesperson also said he wasn't planning to attend and the senator said later in a tweet that he appreciated the invitation from Trump. As a judge on the US Court of Appeals in Washington he has written opinions on some of the nation's most sensitive issues.
Unlike presidents or members of Congress, however, Supreme Court justices in the United States do not have terms - they usually serve until they resign or die, giving presidents who select them a judicial legacy sometimes lasting decades beyond their terms in office. They see Trump and McConnell's revamping of the courts in the face of Democratic filibusters that stall even popular nominees as more important than even legislative victories.
In October, the Supreme Court is expected to hear cases on tech issues again, including an antitrust argument over Apple's App Store.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from NY, called Kavanaugh out for his stance on net neutrality in a tweet on July 3.
Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME has said she couldn't support a nominee that doesn't respect legal precedent and would overturn the "settled law" of Roe V. Wade.
While activists and progressive groups are targeting moderate Republican senators who support abortion rights like Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, urging them to reject any Trump nominee who is hostile to Roe v. Wade, a handful of Democrats will be key in deciding whether the president gets his pick confirmed to the high court, because of the razor-thin partisan divide in the Senate.