Trump made these remarks during an interview with Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures.” He emphasized that the primary consideration is to ensure that his running mate possesses the capability to assume the presidency in the event of an emergency.
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Bartiromo inquired, “What criteria are you using to identify who your running mate is?”
Trump answered, “Always, it’s got to 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 got to be number one.”
Then Bartiromo asked, “Who is your running mate?”
“Well, I have a lot of good people. I have a lot of good ideas,” Trump said.
He added, “You know, I called Sen. Tim Scott and people like Tim Scott, and I said you’re a much better candidate for me than you are for yourself. When I watched him, he was fine. He was good, but he was very low-key.”
Trump continued, “I watched him in the last week, defending me and sticking up for me and fighting for me.”
Trump also commended South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R), highlighting her public statement that she would not run against him, explaining, “because I could never beat him.”
The 77-year-old former president clarified that he had been an outsider prior to assuming office in 2016 and now possesses greater familiarity with political talent.
He said, “I also know people that I didn’t know before. I know now the smart ones. I know the dumb ones. I know the weak ones and the strong ones.”
Trump disclosed his intention to reintroduce certain former Cabinet members if he were to secure a potential second term.
When questioned about his strategy for reengaging anti-Trumpers. Trump emphasized his domestic policy track record.
He said, “I don’t know if they’re really anti-Trumpers. They want — they want security. They want safety. They want a great economy. They want a strong border.”