Former President Donald Trump has yet to decide whether he will run again in 2024 for a second term, and over the weekend he added that if he does, he’s not sure his first-term VP, Mike Pence, will join him on the ticket again.
But that’s not because of any ill-will, Trump explained. Right now, he suggested, it’s just a matter of timing.
“Mike and I have a good relationship, we continue to have a good—but it’s too early to be discussing running mates certainly,” he told Fox News on the sidelines of the North Carolina Republican Convention on Saturday.
The former president went on to reference the Jan. 6 post-riot joint session of Congress, when Pence ignored Trump’s appeal for him to not count electoral ballots from states his reelection campaign claimed were fraudulent. Several Republicans would go on to oppose electoral results in some of those states as Democrats did during Trump’s 2016 win and once each following George W. Bush’s 2000 and 2004 victories.
“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 told Fox News.
“I was disappointed on one account, but that was a choice that Mike made, and I want people to make their own decisions, and he did,” he added.
While Trump has not yet said whether he will jump in the 2024 race, he made his strongest reference yet to the possibility in a statement last week ripping Facebook’s decision to keep his ban from the platform in place for at least two more years, using the phrase, “Next time I’m in the White House…”
“Next time I’m in the White House there will be no more dinners, at his request, with Mark Zuckerberg and his wife,” Trump said. “It will be all business.”
For his part, Pence has said in recent days that he and Trump may never “see eye to eye” on his decision to count electoral ballots, all of which had been certified by states, handing Joe Biden the win.
“As I said that day, January 6th was a dark day in the history of the United States Capitol. But thanks to the swift action of the Capitol Police and federal law enforcement, violence was quelled, the Capitol was secured, and that same day we reconvened the Congress and did our duty under the Constitution and the laws of the United States,” Pence said during a Thursday speech to a group of Republicans in New Hampshire.
“You know President Trump and I have spoken many times since we left office. And I don’t know if we’ll ever see eye to eye on that day,” he added, going on to praise his and Trump’s record.
“But I will always be proud of what we accomplished for the American people over the last four years. And I will not allow Democrats or their allies in the media to use one tragic day to discredit the aspirations of millions of Americans,” he added.
As for vice presidential picks should he decide to run again, Trump has expressed an interest in Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as a running mate the next time around.
“I endorsed Ron, and after I endorsed him, he took off like a rocketship,” the former president had said. “He’s done a great job as governor. I’m saying what I read and what you read, they love that ticket. Certainly, Ron would be considered. He’s a great guy.”
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