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Donald Trump and the Supreme Court

Story added 24th Feb 2017


In the tumultuous first month of Donald Trump’s presidency, amongst the immigration bans; the challenging Cabinet appointments; the fights with everyone from Nordstrom to the Australian Prime Minister; and the whole issue of Russia; he might well have made his most enduring decision.

Arguably, one of the most important decisions a President gets to make is to appoint a Supreme Court justice. A President can only serve a maximum of eight years but a Supreme Court Justice can serve decades, limited only by impeachment, death or their decision to retire. 

In February last year, the surprise death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia left a vacancy on the court, which it was assumed would give President Obama an opportunity to make his third appointment to the Court and help secure his legacy for many years to come. The significance of this cannot be underestimated.  Scalia was appointed by President Reagan and had served on the Court for thirty years as its most conservative voice.  Undoubtedly a brilliant legal mind, his views were consistent and often delivered in a forthright and belligerent way, especially when he was on the losing side. 


Do you have an interest in politics and current affairs? Mark is leading a course on the US Supreme Court from the Thursday 8th of June until Thursday 29th June, book your place today. 


Mark Malcomson CBE is the Principal and CEO at Build. Read his previous pieces on the US elections in the Huffington Post:




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