Donald Trump name-checked Tim Scott and South Dakota governor Kristi Noem when discussing a possible vice president as he he talked up his bid for a White House return
Donald Trump has dropped hints over a possible vice president and outline exactly what he wants in a running mate.
He explained to Fox News host Maria Bartiromo that he won’t announce a pick “for a little while” yet. On Sunday he says he would only select someone who could perfectly step up to leave America as Tim Scott and South Dakota governor Kristi Noem were both name-checked.
“What criteria are you using to identify who your running mate is?” the anchor asked. “Always it’s gotta be who is going to be a good president. Obviously you always have to think that, because in case of emergency. Things happen, right? No matter who you are, things happen. That’s gotta be number one,” Trump told her.
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“Who is your running mate?” she pressed him as he talked up his bid for a White House return. “Well, I have a lot of good people. I have a lot of good ideas,” he added, saying he “talks to everybody.” He went on: “You know, I called Tim Scott and people like Tim Scott, and I said you’re a much better candidate for me than you are for yourself,” Trump continued. “When I watched him, he was fine. He was good, but he was very low key.”
“I watched him in the last week, defending me and sticking up for me and fighting for me – I said, man, you’re a much better person for me than you are for yourself.” He went on to praise Ms Noem after saying that she said publicly that she would never run against him, “because I could never beat him.”. Trump then denied reports that his campaign had reached out to Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
His remarks come as he vowed to give New York a ‘heavy shot’ in his campaigning after saying people are “very unhappy” in the city and wants to also flip traditional Democratic strongholds New Jersey and Minnesota in the general election. He says he has “heavy plans” and says Americans have now “had enough”.
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He told Fox of his plan. “There’s a rumour you’re going to do a rally in the South Bronx” she asked him. “I think I will do that, I think I’ll do one maybe at Madison Square Garden too. New York has changed a lot. We have migrants all over the streets. Nobody can believe what has happened there is these past two years. There people of New York are angry. People who would have never voted for me, I think this time they will vote for me. We’re going to give New York a heavy shot.”
He went on to say he feels strangleholds can be broken in the months ahead. Trump said: “They are very unhappy in New York. Look at the crime. It is at record levels. I also think New Jersey and Virginia can be flipped as well. I also think New Mexico and Minnesota can be flipped as well.”