Tim Scott: Trump will select the vice president within the 'next sixty days or so'

 May 6, 2024

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) is of the opinion that former President Donald Trump will formally declare his running colleague to the public within the next two months.

On Meet The Press, the senator from South Carolina, who sought unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination, predicted that the former president would make the announcement in approximately sixty days, or in early July, as The Washington Examiner reported.

The Republican National Convention is scheduled to commence in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on July 15.

“We’ll be making that decision, I think, closer to Wisconsin time, if you want to know the truth,” Trump told a local Fox affiliate in Wisconsin earlier this week. “It’s very early right now.”

Rumors On Running Mate

A number of probable vice presidential candidates accompanied Trump to the spring retreat of the Republican National Committee this past weekend.

CNN reports that the president praised, among others, lawmakers Senator JD Vance (R-OH), Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Gov. Doug Burgum (R-ND).

“I certainly expect to have a decision from President Trump in the next 60 days or so,” Scott said, also noting that the topic did not come up between him and Trump during the GOP donor retreat in West Palm Beach this weekend.

The senator from South Carolina consistently refrained from declaring that he would accept the outcome of the 2024 presidential election, regardless of the victor.

“At the end of the day, the 47th president of the United States will be President Donald Trump,” Scott said, when asked directly whether he would commit to accepting the election results, and when pressed by Kristen Welker, he added, “That is my statement.”

More Possible Candidates

Axios reported the former president's recent comments about the top contenders at a recent luncheon, saying that he said of Rubio, "His name is coming up a lot for vice president!" and of Scott, ""As a candidate he did a good job, but as a surrogate he's unbelievable."

He spoke to Burgum in reference to political support for previous campaigns, saying "I didn't know this: He was a supporter of my two campaigns. He's a very rich man."

Staying in the Dakotas, he said of Noem that she is "Somebody that I love. She's been with me, a supporter of mine and I've been a supporter of hers for a long time. "

The former president also mentioned one of the less mentioned candidates for the possible VP spot, Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL), saying that he is "Somebody who's created something very special politically...I like diversity. Diversité as you would say. I like diversité. [Donors] worth millions of dollars...all want a piece of Byron."

Of the likely candidate and fellow New Yorker, Rep. Elise Stefanik, Trump said she is "A very smart person. She was in upstate New York when I met her…little did we realize she would be such a big factor."

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