Trump Weighs Burgum As VP Pick

Former President Donald Trump is reportedly considering North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (R) as a frontrunner in his choice for a vice presidential running mate. The potential elevation of Burgum came after Trump previously stated that Burgum would play a leading role in a potential second Trump administration.

A recent New York Post report stated that Trump is seeking a person who looks the part of a vice president. According to the report, Trump is also seeking a person who would not immediately launch a campaign for president once they entered office.

The result could be that Burgum would not be seen as a successor to the former president.

Burgum would be among the oldest of the potential vice presidential picks and is currently 67. The age factor could be a major indicator that Trump could have a loyal vice president while also choosing another person as his potential successor at a later date.

Trump said that Burgum would play a significant role in his new White House, but did not specify the role.

Since Burgum’s brief run for the White House, he has emerged as a top supporter of the former president. Burgum came to the New York courthouse where Trump was on trial as a show of support.

Burgum has cited the former president’s energy on the campaign trail.

The consideration of Burgum could also come amid several other factors. The Constitution would limit the ability for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) to appear on the ticket since both he and Trump are from Florida.

Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH), who is also reportedly under consideration may also lose out due to previous statements. Vance previously was a Trump critic and formerly compared the former president to Adolf Hitler.

Several other rising stars, including Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), are reportedly under consideration.

The vice presidential pick will not be former Vice President Mike Pence, who announced earlier this year that he would not support Trump in the November election.