Trump wants to pack SCOTUS before it decides the 2020 election winner -- and he may have the votes
President Donald J. Trump walks across the South Lawn of the White House to board Marine One Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, to begin his trip to Michigan and Iowa. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said that he needs to fill the Supreme Court vacancy prior to the 2020 election so that his pick will be able to rule on any cases involving the 2020 election.

The president made the comments while speaking to reporters outside the White House.

And he may have the votes to pull it off, according to a new report by The Washington Post.

"President Trump on Tuesday appeared to have secured the votes needed to confirm his Supreme Court nominee days before he even names the candidate, while Senate Republicans continued to eye a potential final vote on the pick before the Nov. 3 election," the newspaper reported.

"Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) announced Tuesday that Trump should get to choose a replacement for liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday, regardless of whether he wins in November. With that, Trump appears to have a majority for a vote this year by the GOP-led Senate, unless Republicans defect as the process goes forward," the newspaper explained.

Trump said he would announce his nominee on Saturday.