“Sure, I would. You know there are numerous people that are great, I would certainly consider Ron,” Trump responded. “I was at the beginning of Ron. I was the first one to endorse him when he came out as a congressman that a lot of people didn’t know, and my endorsement helped him tremendously, and I know him very well. He’s a great guy.”
Trump then highlighted DeSantis and other Republicans who have run their states well even during COVID. “And you don’t see that with the Democrats — they kept their states closed and locked down, and the schools are closed. It’s just absolutely outrageous how they get away with it,” Trump said.
Trump also threw cold water on the idea that he might run in 2022 for the House or Senate.
“I think that’s highly unlikely,” he said.
Noticeably absent from Trump’s reply was Mike Pence—who recently made headlines for admitted he and Trump don’t see “eye to eye” on the Capitol riot.
It has always seemed unlikely that Trump would run with Mike Pence again, as Trump suggested Pence had the power to stop the certification of the Electoral College when allegations of fraud in battleground states went uninvestigated.
DeSantis would certainly be a great pick, except that now that Trump is officially a Florida resident, he would have to officially change his residency back to New York, or another state in order for them to share a ticket, as the Constitution states that “The electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for two persons, of whom one at least shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves.”
Matt Margolis is the author of Airborne: How The Liberal Media Weaponized The Coronavirus Against Donald Trump, and the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama, and The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama.