Former President Donald Trump Praises GOP Challenger, Says There Could Be Place for Him in Next Administration

Former President Donald Trump praised South Carolina Republican Senator Tim Scott and said the 2024 candidate could be a good fit in his administration if he wins his bid for the White House.

Trump made the comment during an appearance with host Maria Bartiromo on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures.”

During the interview, the former president complimented some in the GOP primary field, saying he believed that many of his fellow candidates are “talented” people and hinted he is already considering potential running mates.

“Is there anyone on that stage you see as potential running made, as your VP?” asked Bartiromo.

“Possibly. I mean, I think you have some good people on the stage. Actually, I think you have some very talented people. I’ve been impressed by some of them. Some of them I’m very impressed by some of them. Some of them I’m very friendly with” responded Trump.

“Actually, a number of them called me up not to ask for permission, but sort of to ask for permission, to say they’d like to do it. A number of the people up there — I’m not going to embarrass them by saying who — but no, I think you have good people. I think you have good potential Cabinet members to actually do that,” said Trump.

“Do you see yourself perhaps with the senator, Tim Scott?” pressed Bartiromo.

“I think he’s a very good guy. And we did opportunity zones together. It’s never been talked about. It’s one of the most successful economic development things ever done in this country. And Tim is very good. I mean, I could see Tim doing something with the administration, but he’s in right now campaigning…But Tim is a talented guy, and you have other very talented people,” said Trump.

When Scott’s campaign was reached for a comment, his campaign referenced a statement from Scott last week.
“I did not enter this race to come in second place. Second place is the first loser,” said Scott.

GOP field includes an ever-increasing list of contenders

Several big-name contenders and some dark-horse contenders have joined a growing field in recent weeks. All seek to unseat the current front-runner, former President Donald Trump, who continues to dominate in nationwide opinion polls.

The eventual winner will challenge the presumptive nominee of the Democratic party, current President Joe Biden, in the general election in November 2024.

Mike Pence, Chris Christie, Ron DeSantis, Tim Scott, Nikki Haley, Vivek Ramaswamy, Asa Hutchinson, Doug Burgum, Francis Suarez, Larry Elder, and others currently comprise Trump’s opponents.