Priority: Who is Best Suited to be President
During an interview with Maria Bartiromo, former President Donald Trump revealed that his top criteria for selecting a running mate is their ability to serve as a capable president. Trump emphasized the importance of considering this factor, as unforeseen emergencies can arise. “No matter who you are, things happen. That’s gotta be number one,” he stated.
Exploring Options: A Plethora of Competent Individuals
Pressed further on who his potential running mate would be, Trump mentioned that he has a “lot of good people” in mind and is open to various ideas. He expressed that he engages in conversations with multiple individuals, citing his recent discussion with South Carolina Senator Tim Scott. Trump praised Scott’s support and loyalty, stating, “you’re a much better person for me than you are for yourself.”
Potential Candidates Praised
In addition to Scott, Trump commended South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem. He highlighted her public statement that she would never run against him because she believed she could not defeat him. Trump’s positive remarks indicate that Noem is also among the potential candidates he is considering.
Denial of Early Campaign Speculations
Addressing recent reports, Trump denied any interaction between his campaign and a specific individual to explore the possibility of a joint ticket early on in the campaign season. He asserted that such an incident “never happened.”
In the interview, Trump emphasized the importance of selecting a running mate who is capable of assuming the presidency. He acknowledged the presence of numerous competent individuals and praised the support of both Tim Scott and Kristi Noem. Trump also clarified that early campaign speculations about a potential joint ticket were unfounded.