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Trump insiders reveal possible VP pick: Report

Former President of the United States Donald Trump at the "Rally to Protect Our Elections" hosted by Turning Point Action at Arizona Federal Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz., July 24, 2022. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)
April 21, 2023

Former President Donald Trump could consider selecting someone like Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) to be his running mate for the 2024 presidential election, The Daily Caller reported, citing anonymous sources close to Trump.

The Daily Caller’s sources said Trump has not yet formed a short list of potential running mates, and there have been no serious conversations about the options.

But one of the sources close to Trump said “it’s always assumed to be someone like Elise Stefanik or some other woman candidate,” particularly due to heightened concerns over abortion policy.

“It’s always seemed to me that it will be a woman,” the source said.

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Another source said loyalty to Trump is set to be “the necessary characteristic of anyone who wants to be VP. President Trump and the movement was dragged down by disloyalty in the White House.”

Stefanik demonstrated loyalty on April 4 as Trump faced the first criminal charges against a former president in U.S. history, tweeting: “I stand with President Trump.”

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Stefanik was not always a vocal Trump ally. Over her time in office, she became more aligned with Trump, last year declaring herself “proud” to be “ultra MAGA.”

Citing two sources close to Trump, The New York Times reported that the former president likes Stefanik, but does not trust her. The sources said Trump’s inner circle mocks news stories about Stefanik’s vice presidential chances, viewing them as plants by her team.

Asked by the New York Post in May whether she would consider running for vice president alongside Trump, Stefanik said, “I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future.”

As Trump mounts his third presidential campaign, his declared Republican opponents so far are former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy.