He had come under heavy criticism for not publicly challenging Putin’s assertion at a news conference that the Kremlin did not interfere with the election.
The Ohio governor acknowledged that his dismay may not be shared by most Republicans.
Until the last day, Trump was still asking friends who they thought he should pick to succeed Anthony M. Kennedy.
If confirmed, the former Kennedy clerk who serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit could allow President Trump to solidify a more conservative majority on the Supreme Court.
The president is scheduled to announce the politically charged decision at 9 p.m. Monday.
But his decision on a replacement for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy remained unsettled as he traveled to a rally in Montana.
The political moment for Trump remained fragile as a president devoted to his base weighed what a selection of Brett M. Kavanaugh could mean for him.
The president met Monday with four federal appeals court judges: Brett M. Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Amul R. Thapar and Raymond Kethledge.
Joel Selvin’s ‘Fare Thee Well’ revisits the many incarnations of the beloved band since 1995.
Trump said he would “demand” that the department look into whether any such requests were made by “people within the Obama Administration!”