Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has been open and vocal in his criticism of the government.
The Republican stance on the appointment of a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Scalia is the latest topic to come into Trump’s crosshairs.
The sudden death of Scalia left a vacancy on the bench of the Supreme Court that will need to be filled. Each of the nine justices are appointed by the president and approved by the Senate.
There are currently four liberal justices and four conservative justices. Justice Scalia’s presence assured the conservatives maintained a majority since 1991, when President George H. W. Bush nominated conservative justice Clarence Thomas to replace the liberal justice Thurgood Marshall.
Two of the current liberal justices to the Supreme Court were nominated by President Obama. The Republican-controlled Senate has said they will delay approval for Scalia’s replacement until after the new president is elected.
But Trump questions the resolve of the Republicans to stand firm on their decision.
Trump told Stephen K. Bannon, executive chairman and host of Breitbart News Daily, that he has always considered Obama to be a lousy negotiator. The exception is when he is negotiating with Republicans.
He then voiced his concerns about the appointment of a justice.
“You look at the Supreme Court Judge — at first you heard the Senate was absolutely, ‘We will not do it,’” Trump said. “Yesterday, I started hearing, ‘Well there could be a way.’ The Republicans are already weakening.”
Trump said he is uncertain if the Senate will stick to its decision to delay the appointment or if they will give in to the president.
Trump was also quick to criticize last year’s budget that Republicans “approved in what, 15 seconds?”
President Obama has said he would act “in due time” to nominate a replacement Supreme Court justice.