President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Washington, as he returns from…
President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House, Sept. 19, 2020, in Washington, as he returns from a campaign rally in North Carolina.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C./WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said he would nominate a woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

"I will be putting forth a nominee next week. It will be a woman," Trump said Saturday at a campaign rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina. "I think it should be a woman because I actually like women much more than men."

As Trump spoke, supporters chanted: "Fill that seat."

Earlier, he praised two women as possible choices for the U.S. Supreme Court: conservatives he had elevated to federal appeals courts.

Trump, with a chance to nominate a third justice to a lifetime appointment, named Amy Coney Barrett of the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and Barbara Lagoa of the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit as possible nominees.

Ginsburg's death on Friday from cancer after 27 years on the court handed Trump, who is seeking re-election on November 3, the opportunity to expand its conservative majority to 6-3.

Any nomination would require approval in the Senate, where Trump's Republicans hold a 53-47 majority.