Former President Donald Trump has not formally announced his intention to run again for President in 2024 but has noted that if he does, his former Vice President, Mike Pence, will not be his running mate.
Trump shared the update in a recent wide-ranging phone interview with the Washington Examiner.
Trump and Pence appeared to have a close working relationship during their time in office. However, a significant chasm developed regarding whether or not to accept the results of the 2020 election.
Trump believed election results were tampered with and thought that Pence, as the official presiding over the electoral vote count in Congress, should have rejected or disputed the outcome. However, Pence argued the “Constitution constrained” him to accept the results.
In the recent interview, Trump said: “Mike and I had a great relationship except for the very important factor that took place at the end. We had a very good relationship. I haven’t spoken to him in a long time,” then added, “I still like Mike.”
Previously, Trump said it was “too early” to say if Pence would be asked to serve again as his running mate.
The Epoch Times noted that Pence’s advocacy organization did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Announcements regarding the 2024 race are expected after the 2022 midterms are complete.
Trump has hinted he plans to run again. “I’ll be back,” he said at a rally in Texas and in a video address last October.
With Pence out as a VP candidate, some have suggested Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as possibilities.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) have expressed interest in running with Trump.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), and Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, have said they would not be interested in serving as Vice President.
Taking the high road, Pence said during a recent appearance on Fox News:
“I think we have a historic opportunity to reclaim majorities in the House and the Senate, to elect great Republican governors around America, and in 2023, I’m confident the Republican Party will nominate a candidate who will be the next president of the United States of America.”
Pence added, “And at the right time, my family and I will reflect and consider how we might participate in that process.”
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