Kristi Noem Discusses VP Conversations With Trump

( – South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said she believes that former President Donald Trump should choose a running mate for the 2024 presidential election who “will help him win,” adding that she herself hasn’t been vetted by Trump’s team for the role.

Noem appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, June 23, and said she hasn’t “received any paperwork” for a formal vetting as Trump’s running mate, but that she has “had conversations” with Trump and knows that “he is the only one” who will make the final call “on who will be his vice president.”

When asked if she felt the former president would be mistaken not to select a woman as his running mate, Noem replied that Trump “needs to pick the best person for the job” and that it should be someone who can “help him win.”

So far, the most likely prospects for the GOP vice president candidates are three men: North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, Sen. J.D. Vance of Ohio, and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. There are a few others who the public speculates Trump could pick, including former Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson.

Noem was a top pick for many political pundits and experts, yet fell out of favor at the end of April following a public relations disaster when Noem shared an excerpt from her new book that was poorly received. That excerpt recounted a story from twenty years prior in which Noem killed a young hunting dog on her ranch for allegedly acting out of control. Democrat and Republican critics alike found the story distasteful and Noem’s response cold.

When asked about those criticisms and if the incident tanked her chances of earning the running mate spot beside Trump, the South Dakota governor somewhat evaded the question, saying that the story about the dog was “from 20 years ago” and had to do with protecting her children “from a vicious animal.” Noem said she featured the tale in her memoir because the book is about the “challenging times and hard decisions” in her life up to that point.

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