Trump Teases VP Announcement Ahead of GOP Convention

( – Historically, presidential candidates announce their choices for a running mate around the time of their respective party’s conventions — or a little before. This year, the presumptive nominees are President Joe Biden for the Democratic side and former President Donald Trump for the GOP. The former’s choice is obvious, but the latter — not so much.

On May 1, the former president gave a brief interview in Wisconsin. The Fox News 6 reporter brought up Trump’s retreat at Mar-a-Lago over the May 4 weekend, trying to get him to reveal his potential running mate picks.

The Fox News 6 correspondent floated the names of North Dakota Governor Doug Berham (R), former Hawaii GOP Representative Tulsi Gabbard, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Senator Tim Scott (R-SC). While Trump was reluctant to admit anyone was on his short-list, he did say that he may reveal his VP choice before the Republican National Convention in July.

The interviewer wondered aloud if it wouldn’t be a good idea to choose a running mate sooner than later so that person could campaign while Trump was attending his criminal trial — nearly daily. Trump was non-responsive to the suggestion but instead focused on his viewpoint that the trial wasn’t legitimate. He’s facing 34 felonies for falsifying business records in Manhattan, which should conclude in the coming month.

Trump’s campaign has made it clear that nobody knows who he will choose as a running mate, stating anyone who says they know who is on the list or when he will announce is lying. Those rumored to be possibilities include Berham, Scott, Rubio, Representatives Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Byron Donalds (R-FL), and Senator JD Vance (R-OH).

All of those possibilities were in attendance at the gathering in Mar-a-Lago over the weekend. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (R) was also rumored to be on the list, but pundits and campaign insiders claim fell off after admitting to murdering her puppy and a family goat years ago.

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