Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders declines to be pinned down on endorsing Trump

The newly elected Republican governor of Arkansas Sarah Sanders discussed her plans for the Razorback State in a Sunday interview with Fox News but declined to endorse her old boss, former President Donald J. Trump, despite being pressed to do so.

Sanders, who served as White House press secretary under Trump where she endured the rude and disrespectful behavior of reporters on a regular basis during her daily press briefings, appeared on “Fox News Sunday” where she talked with anchor Shannon Bream in her first major national television interview since being sworn in last week, becoming her state’s 47th governor as well as the first woman elected to the office once held by her father Mike Huckabee.

After first discussing the busy agenda that she will undertake as governor, especially when it comes to parental rights, eliminating the teaching of the poisonous racist false history of Critical Race Theory in schools and rolling back the influence of the “woke” left, the subject inevitably turned to Trump with Bream repeatedly trying to pin her down on whether she would offer up the big endorsement.

“Ok, so let’s look ahead to 2024,” Bream began. “Your bio on your official page as governor describes yourself as a quote ‘trusted confidante of President Trump.’ Have you talked to him about his ’24 run, will you endorse him in that?”

“My focus right now has been on 2022,” Sanders responded. “Winning the election in November, preparing through transition and getting ready to take office as I did this past week.”

“I love the president, have a great relationship with him, I know our country would be infinitely better off if he was in office right now instead of Joe Biden, but right now my focus isn’t 2024 it’s focusing here, in Arkansas and doing what we can to empower the people of this state and make sure that I’m delivering on the promises that I laid out over the course of the last two years,” she said.

(Video: Fox News)

Bream followed up, “What kind of timeline would you have for making a decision? Do you want to see who else gets into the primary? Will you wait for the nominee?”

“Again, my focus isn’t on 2024, it’s on what we can deliver in this legislative session,” replied Sanders. “I’m not gonna set an arbitrary timeline, I’m not really focused on that at all but focused on what we can do to impact change and deliver on the promises that we made during the campaign season here in Arkansas.”

Not satisfied, Bream persisted, this time with a different angle.

“Ok, so there’s already speculation about your future,” she said, citing a New York Magazine piece from 2021 speculating that she was already auditioning for vice president. “You’ve just gotten sworn-in, do you already feel the pressure of future speculation?”

“I feel the pressure of delivering this legislative session,” the governor answered. “That’s the only thing that our team and that I’m focused on is delivering on what we’ve laid out to do and I look forward to serving as governor of Arkansas for a full eight years if the people of Arkansas will give me that privilege and that opportunity.”

“I’m incredibly excited about what I think we have in front of us and that’s the only thing I’m spending my time focused on right now,” she said.

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