According to multiple Republican strategists, Trump and his former VP Mike Pence are actually on good terms following the Jan. 6th Capitol riot but that could all come crashing down if the two both launch presidential campaigns in 2024. Despite Trump’s “disappointment” in Pence’s refusal to try and black the certification of some state’s electoral vote for Joe Biden and the angry messaging that followed Trump still considered Pence a friend and good man.
Following a speech at the North Carolina GOP convention Trump told Fox News reporters, “Well I don’t know, it’s really too soon to tell. But certainly we had a very good relationship I was disappointed with Mike on one thing as he understands and some other people understand, but overall, I had a very good relationship with Mike and he’s a very fine person and a fine man,”
While the two former running mates may be on friendly terms three Republican strategists say that would likely meet a quick end should the two have to face off on the campaign trail. Pence has hinted at running for president in 2024 and unlike some other possible contenders he has not indicated he will bow out should Trump also mount a campaign.
The Washington Examiner reports:
“He’s not going to burn any bridges at this point. It’s way too early,” one stated.
Two Republican strategists gave slightly more cynical explanations — namely that, based on the polls, Pence isn’t really a threat to a third Trump run.
“If Trump doesn’t run and Pence ends up being the guy for 2024, he’ll want to throw his full weight behind him, no strings attached,” the second strategist added, noting Trump’s post-White House emergence as the GOP’s campaign kingmaker.
“If Pence starts surging, you might see Trump change his tune,” he continued. “But that’s only if he decides to run again.”
The strategists also added that if Trump doesn’t mount a third campaign, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will likely launch a presidential campaign.