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Unexpected Twist In Trump VP Selection

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In addition to being on the campaign trail for former President Donald Trump’s 2024 reelection bid, Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) has also been included on some early short lists for vice president, should Trump win the Republican nomination.

Donalds, 44, told Breitbart News that he would “of course” embrace the position if Trump offered it to him.

“If it came up? Oh yeah, of course, because you have the opportunity to do really powerful things for the country and really help shape the country,” Donalds said. “But I’m a member of Congress. I just do my job. I let everybody else speculate on the other stuff.”

Donalds, one of five black Republicans in Congress, was raised in the inner borough of Brooklyn by a single mother and is now regarded as a rising figure within his party.

Due to his extensive financial and banking experience, the Florida Republican is a member of the Financial Services Committee and has participated in the Oversight Committee’s most well-known investigation into the Biden family’s financial practices.

In May, after Trump’s contentious town hall with CNN, Donalds appeared on a CNN panel and gave what appeared to be his party’s de facto response to the incident. Donaldson claimed that facilitator Kaitlan Collins spent “more time interjecting her own viewpoints” during the event. Donalds retorted, “Are you guys now going to interject your opinions on me or do I get a chance?”

Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) wrote on social media later that month, “Retweet this if you think my friend [Byron Donalds] would make a great choice for Vice President.”

In May, following Trump’s contentious town hall with CNN, Donald Trump appeared on a CNN panel and provided what appeared to be his party’s de facto response to the situation. Donalds asserted that moderator Kaitlan Collins spent “more time interjecting her own viewpoints” during the discussion. Donalds retaliated when he was interrupted by asking, “Are you guys now going to interject your opinions on me or do I get a chance?”

Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tennessee) posted a message on social media asking followers to “Retweet this if you think my friend [Byron Donalds] would make a great choice for Vice President.”

More on this story via The Republic Brief:

The Daily Beast, which at the time noted Donalds’ developing vice presidential potential, was informed by Burchett that the tweet’s inspiration came from “the heart.”

In January, when approximately 20 members challenged then-House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) bid for the position, Donalds, who is finishing his second term in office, also emerged as the alternate candidate. CONTINUE READING…

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