Trump name drops running mate choices, reveals his criteria

With Republican frontrunner Donald J. Trump’s clinching of the party’s nomination appearing to be imminent, the focus will soon turn to who he’s going to pick to be his running mate and he offered a few hints.

The former president sat down for a wide-ranging interview with Maria Bartiromo that aired on this week’s edition of “Sunday Morning Futures” and the topic of who might be tabbed for the bottom half of the 2024 ticket came up.

Trump emphasized that the number one criteria is that the person needs to be able to step in as president if it becomes necessary and dropped two names that have been frequently mentioned as possibilities by the media.

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“Mr. President, when will you announce who your V.P. is?” Bartiromo asked.

“Not for a while,” Trump responded. “We have so many great people in the Republican Party but not for a while.”

Bartiromo then asked, “What criteria are you using to identify who your running mate is?”

“Always, it’s got to be who is going to be a good president. Obviously, you always have to think that because in case of emergency. Things happen, right? No matter who you are, things happen. That’s got to be No. 1,” he said.

“Who is your running mate?” Bartiromo pressed.

“Well, I have a lot of good people. I have a lot of good ideas,” Trump said, adding that he “talks to everybody.”

“You know, I called Tim Scott and people like Tim Scott, and I said you’re a much better candidate for me than you are for yourself,” Trump said of the South Carolina senator, another former White House hopeful who endorsed him. “When I watched Tim, he was fine. He was good, but he was very low-key…”

“I watched him in the last week, defending me and sticking up for me and fighting for me and I said man, I said you’re a much better person for me than you are for yourself,” Trump added.

He also spoke highly of South Carolina Governor Kristi Noem, another name that has often come up.

“Kristi Noem has been incredible fighting for me,” he said. “She said I’d never run against him because I can’t beat him, that was a very nice thing to say.”

Trump also dismissed reports that his team had reached out to former Democrat candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. who is now running as an independent.

“Never happened,” he said.

Two names that Trump didn’t mention were former candidate Vivek Ramaswamy who dropped out before the New Hampshire primary and endorsed him and Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor who is racking up cringeworthy moments at an astounding pace, like her surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend.

The idea that a vice presidential pick should be qualified and ready to assume the helm at a moment’s notice has been lost on Democrats who elevated the unqualified diversity hire Kamala Harris to the spot and have regretted it ever since as she has become a national embarrassment who is even more unpopular than President Biden.

Chris Donaldson


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