Is Donald Trump close to selecting his running mate?
While the former president still has months to pick his next potential vice president Axios reports the 2024 contender has already narrowed the pool of candidates to four.
According to Axios, Trump is searching for a running mate with ferocious loyalty but that doesn’t outshine him. Sources close to Trump say Kari Lake is a leading contender but her rising political profile could deter him from selecting her.
Lake, who lost the race for Arizona governor in November, has been rumored to be eyeing a Senate run in 2024 and has been considered a potential future White House contender. Axios reports that the Arizona Republican would likely be assumed to be angling for president from the day she entered the White House which could deter Trump from selecting her.
Sources close to the 45th President said another strong fit for a potential VP choice would be Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders. However, Gov. Sanders has been hesitant to openly endorse Trump’s latest White House campaign.
The New York Times reported on March 4 that Trump is having difficulty garnering public support from former allies, noting that Trump was “disappointed” after Huckabee Sanders, his former White House press secretary, reportedly said she would not yet publicly support him. (RELATED: Trump Denies Asking GOP Governor for Endorsement)
Former United Nations Ambassador and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is also being eyed as a strong choice for vice president.
However, Trump spokesperson Steven Cheung says it’s still too early to speculate on Trump’s VEEP choices.
“Anyone who thinks they know what President Trump is going to do is seriously misinformed and trying to curry favor with ‘potential’ V.P. candidates.”
“President Trump will choose his running mate on his own time, and those who are playing the media game are doing so at their own peril.”
Axios also noted that South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has also been included in vice presidential discussions.