Trump says he's decided on his running mate as Stefanik rises

 January 12, 2024

Former President Donald Trump asserted on Wednesday that he has already decided on his vice presidential pick if he secures the 2024 Republican nomination.

His campaign swiftly downplayed the claim, stating that the issue hasn't been discussed in "any great detail."

Trump knows?

During a Fox News town hall, Trump told Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, "I know who it's going to be."

When pressed on revealing the running mate's identity, he responded, "I can't tell you that really." The comments seemed to catch his top aides off guard.

Senior campaign adviser Chris LaCivita, addressing reporters after the town hall, stated, "All I know is what I heard tonight, and I'm not gonna categorize it any other way than that."

Pressed on discussions about a potential vice presidential candidate, LaCivita mentioned that talks have been minimal, adding, "I'm sure that when the time to discuss a VP ... comes, everybody will know."

The rumored names

Several names are being floated as potential running mates for Trump, including South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott.

These politicians have expressed support for Trump and his policies on the campaign trail.

There have been suggestions of a strong ticket featuring Trump and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley. Trump allies have opposed this idea due to Haley's previous challenge to Trump in the primary.

Not Haley, But Stefanik rising

Noem, in particular, has criticized the potential selection of Haley as a running mate, calling it a "mistake." Donald Trump Jr., the former president's eldest son, has strongly opposed the idea of Haley joining the Trump ticket.

Haley herself has downplayed the possibility of a vice presidential role, emphasizing her focus on defeating Trump and not playing for second place.

“Well, I, of course, would be honored to serve in any capacity in a Trump administration. I’m proud to be the first member of Congress to endorse his reelection. I’m proud to be a strong supporter of President Trump, and he’s going to win this November,” Stefanik told NBC News’s Kristen Welker on “Meet the Press.”

“I’m not going to get into the content of my conversation with President Trump. I talk to him frequently. We’ve been focused on winning,” Stefanik said. “There’s so much work to do as the House Republican Conference chair, as the representative for New York’s 21st congressional district.”

The rumors are expected to continue until Trump shares his plans, leaving more speculation about his future running mate.

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