Trump floats four names as potential VP picks

Former President Donald Trump floated four names as potential running mates, including one black candidate, while stressing that former rival Nikki Haley is “going to be on our team.”

Trump spoke with News 12 New Jersey’s Tara Rosenblum after his rally in the Bronx that drew thousands of supporters and was asked about his veep pick.

“So if not Nikki, then who? Let’s make some news tonight. You and I, for your hometown TV station. Share with me — share with me your top three candidates for your running mate at this point,” the reporter pressed.

“Well, we have so many. I don’t want to do that, but we have so many,” Trump replied. “You could take people like Ben Carson. You could take people like [Sens] Marco Rubio, JD Vance. I mean, there are so many. [Rep. Elise Stefanik] is doing a fantastic job here. But I could go on for quite a long time. We have many people that would do a really fantastic job.”

Many were surprised that Trump named Carson, his former HUD secretary, instead of Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) or Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL), who have both been staunch Trump surrogates.

When further pressed on a timeline on when he will announce his choice, Trump answered, “Sometime during the convention.”

Rosenblum referenced Haley saying this week she would be voting for Trump, asking the presumptive 2024 Republican presidential nominee if the was room for her on is team.

“A big night last night, Nikki Haley making her first public remarks since dropping out of the race — she said that Joe Biden has been a catastrophe and she said she’s voting for you,” the reporter said. “I’m sure those were welcome remarks for you, but it also left a lot of people wondering, is there room for her on your team or, better yet, your ticket?”

“I think she’s going to be on our team, because we have a lot of the same ideas, the same thoughts,” said Trump. “I appreciate her, what she said… we had a nasty campaign, it was pretty nasty, but she’s a very capable person and I’m sure she’s going to be on our team in some form.”

The former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, who served under the former president, said on Wednesday, “Trump has not been perfect on these policies. I’ve made that clear many, many times. But Biden has been a catastrophe. So I will be voting for Trump.”

Tom Tillison

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