The signs are everywhere that Mike Pence and Donald Trump are on a collision course looking to 2024.
Asked whether he would run with Pence again, the former president told Fox News on Saturday that it’s “too soon to tell.”
“We had a very good relationship”
Trump refrained from harsh words, calling Pence a “fine man,” according to the Washington Examiner, but he nevertheless gestured at lingering discontent with his former vice president.
“I don’t know, it’s really too soon to tell,” Trump told Fox News. “But certainly, we had a very good relationship. I was disappointed with Mike on one thing as he understands and some other people understand, but overall, I had a very good relationship with Mike, and he’s a very fine person and a fine man.”
Trump was referring to Pence’s role in certifying the 2020 election results on Jan. 6. Trump wanted Pence to somehow overturn the results, but the then-vice president refused.
Trump’s comments came before a speech in North Carolina on Saturday evening, where he sounded off on Dr. Anthony Fauci, Joe Biden, the “2020 election hoax,” and the need for Republicans to respond aggressively to “vicious” Democrats who are turning America into a “dictatorship.”
Trump’s daughter-in-law, Lara, also revealed Saturday night that she is not running for the Senate in the state, according to Fox, and Donald endorsed Rep. Ted Budd (NC) for the seat.
Headed for a collision?
Pence also spoke of differences with Trump last week on the subject of the Capitol riot, saying he will never see “eye to eye” with Trump on the day’s events, the Examiner reported.
Given Pence’s evident presidential ambitions, this may end up being a mutual matter. Pence has been touring early primary states like South Carolina and New Hampshire, leaving many to assume he is eager to take up Trump’s mantle.
While cool to Pence, Trump has sounded much more positive about taking along populist favorite Ron DeSantis, who is also a top 2024 contender. “Sure I would… I would certainly consider Ron,” Trump told Fox on Monday, according to the New York Post.
In the meantime, Trump has kept rumors of his 2024 plans alive, joking Friday that there will soon be a “next time” he’s back in the Oval Office.
“I’ll make a decision in the not too distant future, maybe sooner than people think. And I think they’re going to be very happy,” Trump told Fox the following evening.