"They are all saying don't do that".
Headlines this week were dominated by news that Justice Anthony Kennedy, a swing vote on the Supreme Court, will retire next month and that a man has been charged with killing five people at the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis.
Democrats have begun to mobilize their supporters around the abortion issue while Republicans have begun to to downplay the significance of replacing Kennedy.
Trump cheers travel ban win before Supreme Court: 'Wow!'
In a 5-4 decision, the court upheld President Trump's restriction on people traveling from certain Muslim-majority countries. Both these judges said Trump's anti-Muslim comments were proof that the ban was biased against Muslims and immigrants.
WATCH: @LindseyGrahamSC on Roe v. Wade: "You don't overturn precedent unless there's a good reason". In the third presidential debate in October of 2016, Trump was asked by moderator Chris Wallace if he wanted to see the Supreme Court overturn Roe.
The 81-year-old justice was appointed in 1988 by then-president Ronald Reagan.
"That's not a question I'll be asking them", he said. He told reporters Friday that he has already narrowed his search to about five candidates, including two women. When asked about the effect his presidency has already had on the nation's highest court, Trump emphasized that recent major decisions by the conservative majority - he specifically referenced one against public-sector unions - were likely due to his appointment of Justice Neil Gorsuch previous year.
Trump's initial short list of 25 names of potential nominees was largely handpicked by The Federalist Society, an influential group of conservative lawyers.