Trump Hints at Potential Running Mate After Meeting with GOP Lawmakers

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Former President Donald Trump hinted at his potential running mate after meeting with Republican lawmakers in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.

For months, Trump has been teasing his vice presidential pick. Speaking with Fox News’s Aishah Hasnie, he suggested that his choice was likely present during his meeting with GOP lawmakers from both chambers of Congress.

“Probably… I think we will probably announce it during the convention,” Trump told the outlet.

When asked if he knows who his running mate will be, Trump responded, “I have sort of a pretty good idea. Look, we have some really talented people. I have a pretty good idea.”

This marked Trump’s first visit to Capitol Hill since his presidency ended in 2021, as he campaigns for a second term in November. The GOP aims to retain control of the House of Representatives and regain the Senate.

Several top candidates for Trump’s running mate currently serve in Congress. The shortlist includes Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tim Scott (R-SC), and J.D. Vance (R-OH), along with Reps. Byron Donalds (R-FL) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY).

Trump is expected to announce his running mate at the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee next month. Meanwhile, President Joe Biden’s running mate, Vice President Kamala Harris, continues to struggle with low approval ratings, an issue both Trump and Biden have also faced.

Jack Birle
Jack Birle
Jack Birle is a breaking news reporter. A 2022 graduate of Villanova University with majors in communication and political science, he has previous journalism experience with the Center Square and as a fellow with the National Journalism Center. He was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in Southern California.

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