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Trump: 'It Is An Exciting Time' For The United States

| by Jordan Smith

President Donald Trump has stated that the U.S. is passing through exciting times.

His comment was made on Twitter as he shared his latest weekly address, in which he urged Congress to confirm his nominee for the Supreme Court, according to Teletrader.

"It is an exciting time for our country!" Trump tweeted.

In his address, the president promised to implement change that would "strengthen our union and improve so many people's lives."

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Trump also pressed the Senate to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. A vote is expected to take place in the coming week.

Although Republicans hold a majority in the Senate, Democrats could filibuster Gorsuch if they can muster 41 votes against the appeals court judge.

"Judge Gorsuch is incredibly qualified. He has a sterling record. He was confirmed unanimously to the [10 U.S. Circuit) Court of Appeals," Trump said, according to The Hill.

Republicans have warned that if Democrats do filibuster Gorsuch, they will change Senate rules to ensure he is confirmed by doing away with the filibuster provision.

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"But Judge Gorsuch's nomination is about more than his incredible qualifications. It's about preserving our republic," Trump added.

"The Senate will soon have the chance to preserve our democratic institutions for our children by voting to confirm Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court," he added.

Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia have already indicated their intention to support Gorsuch. Republicans need eight Democrats to vote with them.

"I hold no illusions that I will agree with every decision Judge Gorsuch may issue in the future, but I have not found any reasons why this jurist should not be a Supreme Court Justice," a statement from Manchin read, according to TIME.

The issue has become particularly divisive after the Republican majority denied a hearing to  Merrick Garland, former President Barack Obama's nomination to fill the space on the Supreme Court left following the death of former Justice Antonin Scalia.

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri said she remains unsure how to vote.

"It is obviously a really difficult situation, that both alternatives, I think, have a lot of danger," McCaskill said.

In remarks made to Democratic party donors, McCaskill commented that she was happy to vote against Gorsuch, "but I'm very uncomfortable being part of a strategy that's going to open up the Supreme Court to a complete change."

Democrats fear that if Republicans do remove the filibuster, Trump could have the opportunity to appoint a second nominee to the Supreme Court during his presidency, regardless of Democratic opposition.

Sources: Teletrader, The Hill, TIME / Photo credit: Official U.S. Navy Page/Wikimedia Commons

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