President Trump did not deny that Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., might make a good vice-presidential running mate in a potential 2024 bid to retake the White House in an exclusive interview with Newsmax on Thursday night.
In response to Newsmax host Rob Finnerty’s question of whether or not there could be a 2024 Trump-DeSantis ticket, the 45th president responded, “Well, I get along with him. I was very responsible for his success because I endorsed him, and he went up like a rocket ship, just like I endorsed Mary Miller the other day – who supposedly was not going to win, and she won.”
Trump additionally touched on the possibility of running in 2024 in general, noting that both First Lady Melania Trump and their teenage son, Barron, are concerned about what is happening in Biden’s America.
He said, “Well, they love our country, and they hate to see what’s happening. So, at the right time, I’ll be saying what I want to do. But they do, they love our country – both. Barron’s a young man, and Melania is a First Lady who was really loved…I think they’ll do what has to be done.”
While President Trump has maintained his position as the frontrunner for potential 2024 presidential picks for Republican voters, Gov. DeSantis consistently polls as the second-most-popular contender. A recent Morning Consult and Politico poll found that Trump netted the lion’s share of GOP support if the election were to be held today at 51 percent, with DeSantis coming in second with 23 percent.
While DeSantis certainly does not have the political pull of President Trump, the Florida governor has become a conservative hero in the Sunshine State. Many conservatives believe that DeSantis would make the perfect running mate for Trump.
According to a report from The Hill, DeSantis has not yet ruled out the possibility of a presidential bid. However, he has publicly maintained that he remains focused on winning reelection in 2022.