Trump advisor says there is 'zero' chance the former president will pick Pence as his running mate if he runs in 2024: report

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Then-Vice President Mike Pence and then-President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden on March 29, 2020. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images
  • Trump advisors told Politico that it's highly unlikely Mike Pence will be Trump's VP pick again.

  • One aide even went so far as to say that there's "zero" chance Pence will be chosen.

  • Trump has not made an official 2024 announcement yet, but has said he's seriously considering running.

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If former President Donald Trump wins the 2024 Republican nomination, it's highly unlikely his running mate will be Mike Pence again, Politico reported on Friday.

Trump advisors told the outlet that Pence is not being floated as a potential VP pick because of his decision to preside over the 2020 electoral certification on January 6, instead of unlawfully overturning the results in Trump's favor.

One Trump aide told Politico there is "zero" chance Pence would serve as Trump's No. 2 again.

The Politico story confirms a Bloomberg report in March, in which Trump advisors urged the former president to drop Pence as a possible running mate and instead consider a Black or female vice presidential nominee.

Politico reported that Trump advisors are viewing other rumored candidates in the 2024 pool, such as South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem or former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, as potential running mates.

Trump has not made a formal announcement for a White House bid, but has repeatedly teased that he may run. Last month, he told Newsmax that he'd made a decision about 2024 that will come "in the not too distant future." In April, he told Fox News that he's "very seriously" considering another reelection campaign.

Trump and Pence's relationship turned sour in the wake of the January 6 insurrection. Trump was infuriated that Pence did not obey his calls to reject the 2020 results, which the then-vice president had no legal authority to do, according to the US Constitution.

Trump refused to check in on Pence as rioters stormed the Capitol, many of whom chanted "Hang Mike Pence," according to reports of the day. The two went several days without speaking to each other after the attack.

Pence has not expressed any regrets over his actions on January 6, saying in June that he was "proud" to fulfill his constitutional duty and certify the election. He's also said that he and Trump may never "see eye to eye on that day."

The former vice president has also been rumored as a 2024 presidential hopeful, making stops this year in New Hampshire and South Carolina, typically early primary states.

Trump advisors, however, told Politico that they don't see Pence winning the nomination.

"The vice president is an incredible man and was a great vice president, but he has a huge obstacle - problem - in trying to be the nominee after dealing with what he's dealt with over the last six months," one advisor said.

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