Former President Donald Trump announced he’s open to picking a female running mate for the 2024 presidential election if elected as the Republican nominee. During NBC’s “Meet the Press,” host Kristen Welker asked Trump if he was leaning toward choosing a woman as his Vice-Presidential running mate.
“I like the concept, but we’re going to pick the best person,” Trump responded. “But I do like the concept, yes.”
Trump also admitted he was not entertaining the thought much, confirming his commitment to winning the election at the end of the day.
Exclusive: Former President Trump says he hasn't yet given much thought to the person he'll choose as his running mate if he gets the Republican nomination for president, but he likes "the concept" of having a woman by his side in the job. – @MeetThePress https://t.co/lE8UMkFvC7
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 18, 2023
When Welker floated around the possibility of South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem as an option, Trump called her “fantastic” and said she was someone he would consider choosing. Noem has been consistently vocal of her support toward Trump, having recently endorsed and appearing alongside him at a fundraiser in her home state.
“She’s been a great governor,” he told Welker. “She gave me a very full-throated endorsement, a beautiful endorsement actually. And, you know, it’s been a very good state for me. And certainly, she’d be one of the people I’d consider, or for something else maybe. But we have a lot of people. We have a lot of great people in the Republican Party.”
Nikki Haley has been rumored to be another option, according to Politico, being one of Trump’s potential candidates but having previously served as governor of South Carolina and then as ambassador to the United Nations, after being nominated by Trump.
Trump also spoke on his stance behind abortion bans, the current state of U.S. democracy, staying within his conviction of the 2020 election results, whether or not he would pardon himself if he won the election, and so much more.