Former President Trump said it would be “extremely disloyal” if former Vice President Mike Pence or other members of his former Cabinet ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024 while he was also running., a warning to a number of individuals likely considering White House candidacy.
“Many of them have said they would never run if I run, so we’ll see if that turns out to be true,” Trump claimed Friday during a brief phone conversation with Fox News Radio presenter Brian Kilmeade.
“I think it would be very disloyal if they did, but that’s OK, too.” He continued.
The former GOP president has not yet officially declared his intention to run in 2024, but he has publicly discussed a return to the White House.
Most polls show Trump as the obvious favorite to win the Republican nomination if he runs, but many other high-profile Republicans, including Pence, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, are also allegedly seriously considering a run in 2024.
During a speech at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., Pence took multiple shots at Trump, warning conservatives against going too far toward “unprincipled populism” as well as claiming that he would rather vote for someone other than the former President in 2024.
Trump has chastised his former vice president for opposing his intention to halt the certification of President Biden’s electoral college win on January 6, 2021.
Most observers expect Trump to announce the official start of his 2024 presidential campaign after the November midterm elections.