Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton Among Trump's List Of Potential Supreme Court Nominees

President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced that three Republican senators are on his updated list of potential Supreme Court nominees.

Trump said during a press briefing at the White House that Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton and Missouri Senator Josh Hawley are among the 20 additions to his list of potential nominees.

Trump said if he gets another chance to fill a Supreme Court seat during his time in office he will also consider as viable options the names included on the first list of potential nominees he released in 2016.

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President Donald Trump speaks on judicial appointments in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. on September 9, 2020. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images

After Trump made his announcement, Cotton released a statement saying he was honored by the nomination and "grateful for [Trump's] confidence."

"The Supreme Court could use some more justices who understand the difference between applying the law and making the law, which the Court does when it invents a right to an abortion, infringes on religious freedom, and erodes the Second Amendment," Cotton's statement said.

I’m honored that President Trump asked me to consider serving on the Supreme Court and I’m grateful for his confidence. I will always heed the call of service to our nation. https://t.co/fD10iVx952

— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) September 9, 2020

Cruz also released a statement following the announcement, saying the nomination was "humbling and an immense honor."

"As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I've been proud to help confirm to the bench over 200 of President Trump's judicial nominees, including two to the Supreme Court," Cruz's statement said. "The High Court plays a unique role in defending our Constitution, and there is no greater responsibility in public service than to support and defend the Constitution of the United States."

It's humbling and an immense honor to be considered for #SCOTUS.

Read my statement here on @realDonaldTrump’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees he announced today he might choose from in a second term.👇 pic.twitter.com/oOjuCHSs80

— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) September 9, 2020

Unlike Cotton and Cruz, Hawley said on Twitter that though he appreciated the president's nomination, he is not currently seeking a position on the Supreme Court.

"I appreciate the President's confidence in listing me as a potential Supreme Court nominee," Hawley tweeted. "But as I told the President, Missourians elected me to fight for them in the Senate, and I have no interest in the high court. I look forward to confirming constitutional conservatives."

I appreciate the President’s confidence in listing me as a potential Supreme Court nominee. But as I told the President, Missourians elected me to fight for them in the Senate, and I have no interest in the high court. I look forward to confirming constitutional conservatives

— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) September 9, 2020

The seventeen other individuals included on Trump's new list are Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron; Bridget Bade, a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement; Stuart Kyle Duncan, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; Steven Engel, an assistant attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel; former U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco; James Ho, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; Gregory Katsas, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; Barbara Lagoa, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Christopher Landau; Florida Supreme Court Justice Carlos Muñiz; Martha Pacold, a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; Peter Phipps, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; Sarah Pitlyk, a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri; Allison Jones Rushing, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; Lawrence VanDyke, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; and Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel to the President Kate Todd.

Each of the 20 additions are "in the mold" of Scalia, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas and Associate Justice Samuel Alito, Trump said.

As a prelude to his announcement, Trump called on Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to release his own list of potential Supreme Court nominees.

"Candidates for president owe the American people a specific list of individuals they consider for the United States Supreme Court," Trump said. "He must release a list of justices for people to properly make a decision as to how they will vote. It is very important that they do so."

Newsweek reached out to Biden's campaign for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

Trump has so far nominated two of the justices currently serving on the U.S. Supreme Court. He nominated Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch to fill former Associate Justice Antonin Scalia's seat shortly after his inauguration in January 2017. Gorsuch took his official judicial oath that April, more than a year after Scalia's seat went vacant following his death in February 2016. Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh became the Trump administration's second addition to the Supreme Court in October 2018.

During Trump's time in office thus far, the Republican-led Senate also approved more than 200 of his judicial appointments.

This story has been updated with additional information and background.