Trump vows to include Gov. Doug Burgum in his administration

 January 17, 2024

Former President Donald Trump took Iowa by storm this week, and now that he's cemented his status as the probable GOP nominee in addition to polling that already proved so, all eyes are on who his running mate might be. 

According to Fox News, while Trump hasn't announced his running mate at this point, he's dropped several hints regarding who might be a part of his administration should he win the White House in November.

The former president is clearly fond of some of his GOP rivals who dropped out of the race, including North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum.

On Monday night, Trump hinted that Burgum will play an "important" role in his administration.

"He was outstanding"

"Doug Burgum from North Dakota, the governor and his beautiful wife, Catherine, and he got out of the race," Trump said after he was declared the winner of the Iowa caucuses.

"What people don't know is that he actually supported me on the other side twice already. Right?" Trump said of Burgum.

Trump added, "That he decided to do it and he was outstanding. But the traction is never easy, right? You need controversy for traction sometimes. And this guy is the most solid guy. There's no controversy whatsoever. And he's one of the best governors in our country.

"And I hope that I'm going to be able to call on him to be a piece of the administration, a very important piece of the administration," Trump continued.

Trump's promise to Burgum came just a day after the North Dakota governor endorsed him and called on the party to unite behind him as he faces off against President Joe Biden in the general, assuming he wins the nomination.

Social media reacts

The idea of Burgum serving in Trump's administration received mixed reactions. Some users speculated in what capacity that might be, while others shot down the idea.

"Doug Burgum is going to be Secretary of Agriculture in the Trump cabinet, think that’s pretty obvious," one X user wrote

Another X user wrote, "He's a Bill Gates stooge. No thank you."

Only time will tell where Burgum ends up if Trump is elected. Trump made a similar promise to former rival Vivek Ramaswamy.

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