KEY POINTS

  • Trump said he will consider DeSantis as a running mate in 2024
  • The former president revealed he will likely run for president again
  • Trump's inconsistency about running in 2024 has frustrated some of his GOP allies 

Former President Donald Trump on Thursday revealed that he would consider Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as his running mate in 2024. 

The former president appeared in an exclusive interview on Fox's “Mornings with Maria” when he noted that DeSantis is a “great guy” and said he would “certainly” consider the Republican governor as a potential running mate should he make a bid for the White House in 2024. 

“He’s a friend of mine. I endorsed Ron, and after I endorsed him, he took off like a rocket ship. He’s done a great job as governor,” he told host Maria Bartiromo. 

“A lot of people like that — you know, I’m just saying what I read and what you read — they love that ticket. But certainly, Ron would be considered. He’s a great guy,” Trump added. 

During the interview, Bartiromo asked Trump whether he had plans of running for president again in 2024. 

“Mr. President, you’re thinking a lot about these elections and what took place then. Are you thinking about running again, Mr. President, in 2024?” Bartiromo asked. 

“Yes, 100%,” Trump replied. “And the polls show that everybody wants me to do it. A hundred percent, I’m thinking about running and we will, I think, be very successful.”

“We were very successful. Look, I ran twice. And the second time, I got 12 million more votes than the first time, which very rarely happens for a president. I got the largest number of votes in the history of our country for a sitting president. And I was told that if I got 66 million, you couldn’t lose. I got 75 million,” he continued. 

Trump’s indecision about his 2024 bid is frustrating some of his GOP allies, who now fear he is failing to gain an advantage from GOP supporters before they develop relationships with other possible candidates.

"It's important to have a field-clearing exercise sooner rather than later if he's going to run, otherwise some of these other guys are going to start getting momentum," a former senior administration official told CNN

Several likely Republican candidates have already launched campaigns, including former Vice President Mike Pence, who will give an address in South Carolina on Thursday, and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who recently appeared virtually for a GOP event in New Hampshire. 

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has come under fire for his handling of the public health response to COVID-19 Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has come under fire for his handling of the public health response to COVID-19 Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / JOE RAEDLE