Donald Trump revealed in a recent interview that, should he launch a third bid for the Oval Office in 2024, former Vice President Mike Pence would not be his running mate.
Trump’s not exactly known for letting bygones be bygones, but it sounds like this decision isn’t personal.
WHAT’S TRUMP SAYING
In an interview with the Washington Examiner on Tuesday, Trump explained his reasoning by saying he doesn’t think his supporters “would accept it.”
- “Mike and I had a great relationship except for the very important factor that took place at the end. We had a very good relationship,” Trump said, referencing Pence’s refusal to overturn the 2020 election during the congressional certification of Electoral College results.
- “I haven’t spoken to him in a long time,” he added.
- Pence has repeatedly maintained that he had no Constitutional authority to overturn the electoral results.
WHAT’S PENCE SAYING
The disagreement on the election and other issues has opened an apparently irreconcilable rift between the two men.
- Pence appeared to be referring to Trump when he told a group of top Republican donors in early March that “There is no room in this party for apologists for Putin.”
- In an interview with conservative commentators Clay Travis and Buck Sexton a week earlier, Trump stirred controversy by appearing to praise Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling his strategic approach to invading Ukraine, “smart” and “genius.”
HEAD TO HEAD
Pence is reportedly weighing a 2024 presidential run.
- But polls have repeatedly shown Pence lagging far behind Trump in a hypothetical GOP primary match-up.