Former President Trump hasn't committed to a 2024 run, but it's beginning to look more likely that he would ditch Mike Pence if it happens. In an interview with Marie Bartiromo of Fox Business on Thursday, the former president instead spoke glowingly of a different possible running mate—Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. “A lot of people like that—you know, I’m just saying what I read and what you read—they love that ticket,” Trump said, per Politico. “But certainly, Ron would be considered. He’s a great guy.” The governor has not responded publicly to the comments. Trump also said DeSantis has "done a great job as governor." Politico notes that DeSantis' star is rising within the GOP for his resistance to COVID restrictions. Also in the interview:
- Giuliani: Trump blasted the raid of Rudy Giuliani's apartment and law office by federal agents on Wednesday, reports the Hill. Giuliani "is a great patriot," said Trump of his former personal attorney. "He just loves this country, and they raid his apartment." The former president called the raid "unfair" and a "double standard" for his allies. "I don't know what they're looking for or what they're doing," he said. "They say it had to do with filings of various papers and lobbying files. Well, did Hunter [Biden] file? Did [President] Biden file? Because they did a lot of work with other countries. To the best of everyone's knowledge, they didn't file."
- 'Ungracious': Trump complained that the Biden administration is not crediting him for his accomplishments on the COVID vaccines and other issues. “It’s ridiculous,” Trump said, per Mediaite. "Obviously they’re very ungracious people. I did the vaccine. They like to take the vaccine. But even the fake news isn’t giving them credit for that. We did the vaccine, saved tens of millions of lives throughout the world by coming up with a vaccine. If I weren’t president, vaccine, you wouldn’t have a vaccine for five years, three to five years would be the minimum. I got it done in less than nine months. And that’s only because of me.”
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