Judge Amy Coney Barrett has been confirmed to Supreme Court of the United States, likely establishing a conservative court majority for the foreseeable future.
While Democrats have fiercely opposed the conservative jurist's nomination, Trump's fellow Republicans hold a 53-47 Senate advantage and had reached enough votes on Monday to confirm as voting continued.
The White House had planned a celebratory event afterward - which comes a month after a similar event was linked to a COVID-19 outbreak that preceded Trump's own infection.
Trump pressed the Senate to confirm Barrett before the November 3 election, which would create a 6-3 conservative majority on the top US judicial body.
Senate Minority Chuck Schumer said the Republican majority was "lighting its credibility on fire" by proceeding with the vote so close to the election after blocking Democratic President Barack Obama's election-year nominee in 2016.
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"The truth is this nomination is part of a decades-long effort to tilt the judiciary to the far right," he added.
Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell defended Barrett's nomination.
"We don't have any doubt, do we, that if the shoe was on the other foot, they'd be confirming," McConnell said. "You can't win them all, and elections have consequences."
Barrett, a federal appeals court judge, is Trump's third selection for the court, enabling him to remake it in dramatic fashion as part of his success in moving the broader federal judiciary to the right since taking office in 2017.
What we know about Supreme Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
In 2018, Judge Barrett was an option for Trump's second Supreme Court nomination, which ended up going to Brett Kavanaugh.
Before being confirmed to the Supreme Court, she sat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago - one court below the Supreme Court.
According to the New York Times, Judge Barrett is now the youngest sitting justice at 48, with the least amount of courtroom experience; but she is held in high esteem by conservative Christians and was a clerk for late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia.