Trump to Pay Respects to Ginsburg at Supreme Court
President Donald Trump will pay his respects to deceased Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Thursday, the White House announced.
“The President will pay his respects to the late justice on Thursday at the U.S. Supreme Court where she will be lying in repose,” Judd Deere, deputy press secretary, said on Sept. 23.
Ginsburg, who died at age 87 last week, is lying in repose at the court building in Washington starting Wednesday morning and continuing until 10 p.m. on Thursday.
Ginsburg’s body will be stationed outside so members of the public can more safely pay their respects amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trump said he learned of the justice’s death for the first time when asked by a reporter about it following a rally in Minnesota on Friday night.
“You’re telling me now for the first time. She led an amazing life, what else can you say? She was an amazing woman, whether you agree or not, she was an amazing woman who led an amazing life,” the president said.
“I’m actually sad to hear that. I’m sad to hear that,” he added after a pause.
Ginsburg, the oldest member of the court, battled health problems for years, including cancer and broken bones.
Ginsburg refused to retire when Democrats held the presidency from 2009 to 2017, initially saying President Barack Obama couldn’t appoint someone like her and later pointed to the Republican-held Senate as a likely obstacle to Obama picking whomever he wanted.
Senate Republicans in 2016 refused to consider Obama’s nominee for another vacancy, a seat that ultimately went to Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch.
Ginsburg called Trump a “faker” before he was elected, something she later apologized for. She said she wanted to serve on the court until she was 90.
Ginsburg’s body is slated to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol on Friday.
A private interment service is slated to take place next week at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, which borders Washington.
Trump plans to announce his choice to replace Ginsburg on Saturday.
He has said it will be a woman.