President Obama Is Sticking With His Supreme Court Pick, No Matter What

A preview of the president's interview with Chris Wallace.

The preview clip that aired on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom this morning, featuring Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace‘s interview with President Barack Obama, is just one minute long.

“The White House sets an embargo,” Wallace explains to hosts Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum of the brevity of the sneak peak. “We had to negotiate to allow that one clip to be played,” he says.

The clip itself highlights the president’s response to a question on Merrick Garland, the president’s nominee for the Supreme Court.

“Some Republicans are making the case that if a Democrat wins in November, well maybe we’ll consider Garland in a lame duck hearing,” begins Wallace. “Have you made a commitment to Garland that you will stick by him through the end of your term, or perhaps, let’s say, Hillary Clinton is the newly elected president, would you pull him and let her make the pick?”

“As more senators meet with him I think they will recognize the qualities of this individual,” responds the president. “What I think we can’t have is a situation in which the Republican Senate simply says, ‘because it’s a Democratic president, we are not going to do our job, have hearings, and have a vote.'”

“Because if that happens, Chris,” he continues, “then it is almost impossible to expect that the Democrats—let’s say a Republican president won—that the Democrats wouldn’t say the exact same thing. They’ll say, ‘let’s wait for four years, and we’ll take our chances on the next president.'”

As for whether POTUS would withdraw Garland’s nomination before the president’s term is up, “Absolutely not,” says Obama.

The full interview airs on Fox News Sunday this Sunday.