Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg to Skip Trump’s State of the Union, Says She is Not Retiring

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will not be in attendance at President Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday evening.

The Clinton-appointed justice will be giving a talk at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, that was planned back in August, the Providence Journal reported.

Despite speculation that Ginsburg, 84, would be announcing her retirement, she claimed that she is not stepping down anytime soon, adding that she would do her job at “full steam.”

The eldest Supreme Court justice has signaled she does not intend to slow down in her current role either—Ginsburg has hired law clerks through June 2020, months before the next presidential election.

Ginsburg also skipped out on Trump’s address to Congress last year after attending each of former President Barack Obama’s eight addresses before Congress.

Other Supreme Court justices have skipped the president’s annual address in previous years. The late Justice Antonin Scalia had not attended a presidential address in his time on the Supreme Court since 1997. Scalia died in early 2016.


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