Former President Donald Trump’s team is reportedly weighing a number of options to choose as his vice presidential running mate, should he secure the Republican nomination later this year. Trump has previously stated that he has a person in mind, but has not publicly disclosed many details about his search.
The former president has also developed a working relationship with Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R), who previously served as his White House spokesperson.
Trump has also expressed positive remarks about Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH). Vance has supported a number of Trump’s political positions and has been a surrogate for him on the campaign trail.
The former president is reportedly impressed with Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY). The representative has been one of the most stalwart Trump defenders and was one of the first members of Congress to endorse his 2024 campaign.
Scoop: Donald Trump is seriously considering House GOP Conference chair @EliseStefanik as his VP. He's been mulling the idea privately with allies, raving about Stefanik's loyalty.
— Brian Schwartz (@schwartzbCNBC) January 17, 2024
“I would be honored to serve in the Trump administration in any capacity,” Stefanik said recently.
The former president has also complimented a number of other public figures. One in particular has been former Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who is reportedly supported by some around the former president.
One of the most fervent backers of Trump has been former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, who is currently mounting a run for the United States Senate.
There appear to be several names likely out of contention. Since leaving the White House, Trump has been critical of former Vice President Mike Pence. Pence also mounted a brief campaign for president last year, further diminishing the chances that he would be selected again.
Furthermore, last week Trump said that former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) was unlikely to receive the nod. Haley, like Pence, challenged the former president for the nomination. Haley has also stated that she would not accept the nod as a vice presidential candidate.
Trump also appears to be unlikely to choose former GOP candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, who endorsed him after exiting the presidential race.