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 January 27, 2024

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem visits border with Trump, fueling VP speculation

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem's recent visit to the southern border has brought attention to the escalating conflict between Texas Governor Greg Abbott and the federal government.

The trip also fueled speculation about Noem emerging as a significant vice presidential contender in a potential second term for former President Donald Trump.

The visit

During her visit, Noem characterized the border as a "warzone" and conducted a boat tour alongside the Texas National Guard and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Expressing deep concern, she remarked that with each visit, it becomes evident that the situation at the border is deteriorating further.

In a statement, Noem criticized President Joe Biden for failing to secure the border and actively impeding Governor Abbott's efforts in Texas.

Abbott's battle

Governor Abbott has been challenging a Supreme Court ruling that granted control over a stretch of the border to the Biden administration.

Abbott, asserting Texas's "constitutional right to self-defense," argued that the state has the authority to address the growing immigration problem.

Noem, along with 25 other Republican governors, issued a joint statement supporting Abbott's utilization of state resources, including razor wire fences, to secure the border.

VP rumors grow

Noem reiterated her commitment to defending the United States during the visit, emphasizing the importance of safeguarding the nation for future generations. She questioned where Americans would go if the country were lost, highlighting the uniqueness of the United States and the need to do everything possible to keep it safe.

The South Dakota governor has a history of advocating for border protection. She was the first governor to send National Guard soldiers to the border three years ago, demonstrating her proactive stance on the issue. Last summer, she again dispatched National Guard soldiers to Texas in response to the escalating challenges.

The border visit by Governor Noem has not only underscored her dedication to border security but has also fueled speculation about her potential role in a second Trump administration. Several contenders are vying to become Trump's running mate, and Noem has been notably mentioned as a top candidate.

In a Fox News interview last August, she expressed her willingness to consider the position, stating that if President Trump were back in the White House, she would do all she could to help him succeed.

The heightened attention on Noem's border visit amplifies her political influence, as she aligns herself with governors supporting Abbott's efforts and reinforces her commitment to addressing the challenges at the southern border. The evolving dynamics in immigration policy and the border crisis will likely keep Noem in the spotlight as a key figure in the broader national conversation.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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