(Dmytro “Henry” Aleksandrov, Headline USA) Former President Donald Trump is considering Elise Stefanik as his future vice president, assuming he would run for the White House in 2024, multiple Republican sources told CNN.
People close to Trump started to talk about Stefanik joining the ticket because they think that Trump would benefit from selecting a woman as a vice president, even though he has some potential male running maters in mind, too, according to CNN.
“There is a part of Trump who thinks he needs a female VP. He definitely likes her, likely because of how effusive she is to him,” one of the Trump advisors said.
There are two people familiar with the matter who said that Trump actively asks his friends and allies what they think about Stefanik, because he believes that she has shifted her political perspectives from moderate to “America First,” CNN reported.
“Stefanik replaced Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney as the chair of the House Republican Conference after the latter was voted out of the position,” the Daily Caller reported. “Cheney became a fierce critic of Trump in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill riot.”
Alex DeGrasse, a senior adviser to Stefanik, said she is not only a strong potential running mate frontrunner, but also vital to taking back the House in 2022.
“Congresswoman Stefanik is 100% focused on serving New York’s 21st Congressional District and as House Republican Conference Chair helping lead the efforts to take back the House in 2022 to fire Nancy Pelosi once and for all to save America,” he said.
Former Vice President Mike Pence has not said that he hasn’t ruled out his own presidential run in 2024, but Trump said that he “wouldn’t be concerned” if Pence tossed his hat in the ring.
“People are very disappointed in Mike, and if he ran, I don’t think that would be a problem,” Trump told Fox News.