Wealthy GOP donors offer Trump suggestions on VP pick: Report

Former President Donald Trump's legal woes might be currently sucking up all the headlines, but when he announces his VP pick, that'll change fast. 

Media outlets, journalists, pundits, and everyone in between have spent weeks speculating who Trump might select as his running mate.

While there have been plenty of hints from the former president and his inner circle, NBC News reported this week that some of his wealthy donors reportedly want a say in who he ultimately chooses, and they have some criteria they want him to follow.

Trump has commented on roughly a dozen different possibilities, but has never provided any major hints as to who he might be leaning heavily toward.

What's going on?

Given his status as a real estate tycoon and alpha-level businessman, Trump has some of the wealthiest GOP donors out there, and apparently, they want some input in exchange for their dollars.

Several wealthy GOP donors have reportedly expressed interest in certain potential VP candidates.

NBC News noted:

Ike Perlmutter, a billionaire and former chairman of Marvel Entertainment, told Trump he thinks the former president should choose New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, according to a person briefed on the conversation.

The outlet added:

Rupert Murdoch has hinted to several friends who move in Trump’s social circles that he would be happy with a Republican ticket that included Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, according to sources familiar with the matter.

South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott (R) has been mentioned by some of Trump's backers in the highest levels of real estate. Oracle chairman and Republican megadonor Larry Ellison has also suggested Scott to Trump, according to reports.

Not only have some of Trump's mega-wealthy donors offered their input on who they believe the former president should choose, but they're also thinking about their self-interests and have expressed who they do not want Trump to pick.

No populists?

According to the NBC News report, some of those same wealthy donors are not keen on Trump picking a populist VP candidate like J.D. Vance and Vivek Ramaswamy.

Wealth donors, especially in certain business sectors, want Trump to choose a VP candidate who has more of a "steady hand" with regard to tariffs and other economic policies that would directly affect their industries.

With that being said, Trump has always prided himself on not being owned or controlled by wealthy, outside interests.

Even as his biggest donors weigh in with their opinions and suggestions, it's probably a safe bet to say that Trump will pick whoever he wants, no questions asked.

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