Trump Says Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Is On VP Shortlist

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott holds a news conference as members of the Texas National Guard prepare to deploy to the Texas-Mexico border in Austin, Texas, Monday, May 8, 2023. The Title 42 policy, a federal rule that has allowed the government to strictly regulate border entries, is set to expire this week. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Former President Trump said Thursday that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is “absolutely” on his shortlist for potential running mates, adding to what is becoming an increasingly lengthy list of potential vice presidential picks.

“Absolutely, he is,” Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity in an interview alongside Abbott near the U.S. southern border.

Asked if there were any other names on the list who haven’t been revealed, Trump pivoted to praising Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), who is considered a front-runner to be the former president’s running mate.

“Tim, for himself, he was fine. He did OK. I mean, he was OK as a candidate, but he didn’t want to talk about himself. He’s a very good man,” Trump said. “For me, he’s unbelievable. He’s a surrogate.”

Trump is on track to be the Republican nominee in November, with his campaign projecting that he will have secured the necessary delegates to clinch the nomination by mid-March. He has repeatedly teased who is under consideration to serve as his running mate when asked about potential names.

Fox host Laura Ingraham asked Trump during a recent town hall event if Scott, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.), South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) and former Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who served in Congress as a Democrat but has since shifted to more conservative views, were on his list. Trump confirmed all of them were, though it’s unlikely he would select DeSantis, as the former president aggressively attacked the Florida governor during his own 2024 bid.

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