President Donald Trump acknowledged that the status of Roe v. Wade is one of the key issues in the public’s mind as he nominates a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy – and said abortion rights could be left up to the states “at some point.”
In an interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo that aired Sunday, Trump said he “probably” wouldn’t ask potential nominees about their stance on Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case that legalized abortion across America. He said he had been advised not to.
However, he vowed, “but I’m putting conservative people on.”
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When asked whether abortion rights could be left up to the states – something that would require Roe v. Wade to be overturned – Trump said: “Maybe some day it will be to the states, you never know how that’s going to turn out. That’s a very complex question.
“The Roe v. Wade is probably the one that people are talking about in terms of having an effect. But we’ll see what happens, but it could very well end up with states at some point.”
Abortion rights supporters and opponents alike believe the retirement of Kennedy – a swing vote on the court who has consistently upheld the Roe v. Wade precedent – could mark a turning point for the case. If the ruling were overturned, states could potentially opt to ban abortion entirely or place even greater restrictions on access.
The interview touched on many other hot button political issues, including the controversial policies U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is helping to enforce at the U.S.-Mexico Border. Trump brought up Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who he previously said on Twitter has threatened his supporters, saying he thinks Democrats will “get beaten so badly” in upcoming elections because some party leaders are calling for the abolishment of ICE.
“All [abolishing ICE is] going to do is lead to massive, massive crime,” he said. “That’s going to be their platform, open borders which equals crime. I think they’ll never win another election. So I’m actually quite happy about it.”
Bartiromo also asked Trump about his reaction to Harley Davidson’s announcement that it cannot afford to continue manufacturing all of its motorcycles in this country. The company claimed retaliatory tariffs being imposed on the U.S. by the European Union due to Trump’s trade war make it too expensive.
“I think that Harley is an American bike. It’s an American motorcycle and they should build them in this country,” the president said. “I guarantee you everybody that ever bought a Harley Davidson voted for Trump… and they’re very unhappy about it.”
You can watch the full interview here: