Tim Scott says Trump did not raise VP possibility, expects decision within 60 days

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said in a Sunday interview that former President Trump did not raise the possibility of being his running mate at a gathering this past weekend.

Scott added, however, that he expects a decision on Trump’s vice-presidential running mate to be made within the next 60 days.

“No ma’am,” Scott told NBC News’s Kristen Welker when asked on “Meet the Press” whether Trump mentioned the possibility of being vice president while at the gathering.

“We had no conversations about the VP pick, to be honest with you, to be clear, but we had a lot of conversations about the failures of Joe Biden and the success of Donald Trump,” Scott added.

Scott was among the half-dozen or so Republicans who gathered at Mar-a-Lago for a private event this weekend with top GOP donors and high-profile party leaders. The event was seen largely as an audition to be Trump’s running mate in 2024.

In addition to Scott, the Republican guest list included South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, Sen. JD Vance (Ohio), House GOP conference Chair Elise Stefanik (N.Y.), Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Rep. Byron Donalds (Fla.).

On whether he thinks he’s on the shortlist, Scott did not say directly.

“I hope that the president will choose a person who helps the country unite and heal,” Scott said on Sunday, when asked the question. “l I certainly expect to have a decision from President Trump in the next 60 days or so, but he did not bring it up. I certainly didn’t bring it up.”

“I’m excited that in this nation, a poor kid from South Carolina could rise to the level of being a United States Senator,” Scott continued. “It just tells me that all things are possible for kids growing up in poverty today. Listen to this show and know that all things are possible for your future.”

Later in the interview, when asked about Trump refusing to commit to accepting the results of the 2024 presidential election, no matter who wins, Scott dodged repeatedly.

“The American people will make the decision, and the decision will be for President Trump,” Scott said, as he was pressed to say “yes or no” whether he will accept the 2024 presidential election results.

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