Trump Teases Surprise at Sunday Event, Praises North Dakota Governor as Possible VP Pick

During his Sunday event in New Jersey, former President Donald Trump encouraged the audience to "get ready for something" and lauded North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, who is seen as a potential GOP vice presidential candidate.

Speaking in front of a sizable gathering in New Jersey, Mr. Burgum seemed to be indicating that he is a contender for the No. 2 seat on a Trump presidential ticket. The governor launched a long-shot presidential campaign last year and withdrew a few months later, but he did attend many debates.

The Republican governor said, "Working with President Trump as a governor was like having a beautiful breeze at your back," and he added that the federal rules in place now are untenable. He also mentioned "open borders, sham political trials, wars, inflation, regulation, and crime" before implying that President Trump might resolve such issues.

The 45th president advised the crowd to "get ready for something" as he entered the stage, calling Mr. Burgum "incredible." Again without providing any details, President Trump said, "He made his money in technology, but he probably knows more about energy than anybody I know."

"So get ready for something, okay?" he said. Just be ready, it says in viral video footage from the event.

However, the former president has openly lauded a number of prominent Republicans who have been floated as potential vice presidential candidates, including Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), and Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio). But he has not indicated who he would choose, and he does not seem to be in a rush to do so.

This year, Mr. Scott and Ms. Stefanik have both spoken at rallies for President Trump.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, a Republican who was widely considered as a possible vice presidential candidate, has suffered a decline in her stock price in recent days after disclosing in her book "No Going Back" that she murdered one of her dogs years ago, which drew condemnation from other Republicans on social media. In light of the book scandal, President Trump recently admitted to Spectrum News 1 that she had "a rough couple of days."
The former president also said in the interview, "I like her a lot," and continued, "I do not want to comment on anybody on the list."

Since President Trump claimed on social media in January 2021 that he had failed to uphold the integrity of the 2020 presidential election by certifying the results in favor of Joe Biden, it is very improbable that his former vice president, Mike Pence, would be chosen. Since then, the two have openly criticized one another, with Mr. Pence even making a failed run for the presidency.

President Trump said on Truth Social on Saturday that Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, who ran for president in March after serving in his administration, is "not under consideration for the V.P. slot, but I wish her well!"


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