President Donald Trump will honor the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Thursday, visiting the court where Ginsburg will be lying in repose, the White House said.
Ginsburg’s memorial services kicked off Wednesday morning in Washington, with a private ceremony for the late justice, who died on Friday of complications from cancer. Wednesday’s service was attended by Ginsburg’s friends and family as well as her fellow Supreme Court justices.
An iconic member of the court for liberals and women alike, Ginsburg will lie in repose outside the court for two days so that the public can pay their respects. Another ceremony will take place Friday at the Capitol across the street, and Ginsburg will become the first woman to lie in state there.
Trump’s visit to pay his respects to Ginsburg will come just days before he announces his choice to fill her seat on the court, in defiance of her dying wish that she be replaced by whichever candidate wins November’s presidential election.
The president and Senate Republicans have vowed to confirm Ginsburg’s replacement ahead of the election, over the objections of Democrats and their nominee, Joe Biden.
“She led an amazing life. What else can you say?” Trump told reporters Friday night when asked about Ginsburg’s death. “She was an amazing woman, whether you agreed or not. She was an amazing woman who led an amazing life. I’m actually sad to hear that.”