"Amy is more than a stellar scholar and judge. She's also a profoundly devoted mother," Trump told those attending the Rose Garden announcement, adding Barrett will make history (if confirmed) as the first mother of school-aged children ever to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. 48-year-old Barrett, who served as a clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia, said that if confirmed by the Senate, she "would not assume that role for the sake of those in my own circle, and certainly not for my own sake," but would seek to apply the law as written and set aside any policy views she might hold.
RESENDING WITH COMPLETE SCRIPT EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: AUDIO QUALITY AS INCOMING IN SHOT NUMBER 4 IN SHOTLIST SHOWS: PARIS, FRANCE (SEPTEMBER 26, 2020) (FFT - SEE RESTRICTIONS BEFORE USE) 1. VARIOUS OF NOVAK DJOKOVIC AND DOMINIC THIEM BEFORE PRACTICE SESSION TOGETHER 2. VARIOUS OF THIEM 3. VARIOUS OF DJOKOVIC 4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WORLD NUMBER ONE AND 2016 CHAMPION, NOVAK DJOKOVIC, ON OVERCOMING HIS U.S. OPEN EXIT, SAYING: "Well, it was a very unusual situation that happened. We see, never happened in my career previously and hopefully it will never happen again. It was a shock for myself and many people that, you know, I had to finish the U.S. Open in that way, but I think it was very positive for me that I came back to Europe and play the tournament, six, seven days right after that happened. Because I did not wait for too long, or I did not allow that, let's say, experience or emotion to stay inside for too long. Of course, it's in my mind, you know, I'll probably never forget about that, but it did not disturb me emotionally to be able to play in Rome. I mean I won the tournament and I was completely fine." 5. RAFAEL NADAL AT START OF PRACTICE SESSION 6. VARIOUS OF NADAL 7. SERENA WILLIAMS JOGGING ON COURT 8. VARIOUS OF WILLIAMS 9. (SOUNDBITE) (English) 23-TIME GRAND SLAM CHAMPION, SERENA WILLIAMS, ON IF THE TOURNAMENT WILL BE DIFFERENT GIVEN THE LATER START, SAYING: "I think the only difference is that, well, it's at the end of September. I usually end my season after the Open (U.S. Open), but this time around I'm here at Roland Garros, so that's the only difference. Yeah, it's always cold for me." 10. START OF SIMONA HALEP'S PRACTICE SESSION 11. VARIOUS OF HALEP STORY: Players put in their final practice sessions on Saturday (September 26) ahead of the start of Roland Garros on Sunday. With the final Grand Slam of the year finally taking place in it's rescheduled date, having been moved from late May due to the coronavirus pandemic, world number one Novak Djokovic and recently crowned U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem held a joint practice session. Djokovic, the 2016 champion, arrives in the French capital off the back of Rome Masters glory, which came following his undignified U.S. Open default exit for hitting a line judge in the throat inadvertently during his fourth-round match against Pablo Carreno Busta. The incident in New York has been the only blemish in a year in which the Serb has assembled a 33-1 record and deprived him of the chance to reach 18 Grand Slam titles, one behind Rafael Nadal who will be gunning for an astonishing 13th French Open crown. On the women's side, Serena Williams fine-tuned her preparations with a practice session as she continues her quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title and first since the Australian Open in 2017. Also, on court was top seed Simona Halep, who begins her campaign on her 29th birthday on Sunday against Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo.
Lebanon's prime minister-designate quit on Saturday (September 26) after trying for almost a month to line up a non-partisan cabinet. His resignation deals a blow to a French bid aimed at rallying sectarian leaders to tackle the worst crisis since the nation's 1975-1990 civil war. Mustapha Adib, former ambassador to Berlin, was picked on Aug. 31 to form a cabinet after President Emmanuel Macron's intervention secured a consensus on naming him in a country where power is shared out between Muslims and Christians. A source close to Macron said the situation that led to Adib's resignation amounted to "collective betrayal" by political parties but said France, the former colonial power, would not abandon Lebanon. Under the French roadmap, the new government would take swift steps to tackle corruption and implement reforms needed to trigger billions of dollars of international aid to fix an economy that's been crushed by a mountain of debt. Lebanon faced a further knock when a huge explosion on Aug. 4 at Beirut port ruined a swathe of the capital. Adib, a Sunni Muslim under the sectarian power-sharing system, announced he was stepping down but said Lebanon must not abandon the French plan or squander Macron's goodwill.