Wealthy Donors Seek Influence in Trump’s VP Choice

(ReliableNews.org) – Former President Donald Trump is attempting his third bid for the White House. In 2016 and 2020, he chose former Vice President Mike Pence as his running mate. However, that relationship soured when the VP refused to halt the counting of the electoral votes in 2020, showing President Joe Biden as the victor that year. Now, he needs to pick a new person to stand by his side, and those with money seem to want a hand in who he chooses.

Recent reports from several people allegedly familiar with private conversations with Trump revealed several wealthy businessmen and donors sharing their picks for the next GOP VP nominee. Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison seems to prefer Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), backing him during his bid to become the Republican presidential nominee. The businessman reportedly met with Trump and his team multiple times to try and push him to choose Scott as a running mate for November.

Another billionaire, Rupert Murdoch, has reportedly told people in the former president’s circle his preferred list of choice for Trump’s VP picks. That list apparently includes Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin (R). Former Marvel Entertainment chair Ike Perlmutter allegedly told someone that he would like Trump to choose Representative Elise Stefanik (R-NY) for the position. While these men seem to have opinions on who the presumptive GOP presidential nominee should choose, they also apparently have thoughts about who he should not. Those people include Senator JD Vance (R-OH) and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy — who tried to secure the Republican nomination himself.

Trump is staying tightlipped about the matter, giving little hints about who is on his shortlist. His campaign stated that any rumors about who the former president might be eyeing are just that—rumors. Recently, Trump hinted that he might reveal his choice before the Republican National Convention this summer. It’s unclear if he will take any advice on who to pick.

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