Former President Donald Trump turned down an opportunity to commit to former Vice President Mike Pence as a potential future running mate on Saturday in North Carolina, signaling the former running mates may not run together again.
When Trump was asked whether Pence would be his 2024 running mate during a GOP dinner, he responded, “I don’t know, it’s really too soon to tell.”
He added, “But certainly, we had a very good relationship. I was disappointed with Mike on one thing as he understands and some other people understand, but overall, I had a very good relationship with Mike, and he’s a very fine person and a fine man.”
Trump also endorsed Republican Ted Budd as candidate for Senator in North Carolina, as his daughter-in-law Lara Trump decided against her own run in the Tar Heel State.
The news follows rumors last week that Pence may run as a Republican presidential candidate in 2024.
“President Trump and I have spoken many times since we left office,” Pence said during a New Hampshire speech.
“I don’t know if we will ever see eye to eye on that day, but I will always be proud of what we accomplished for the American people over the last four years. And I will not allow Democrats or their allies in the media to use one tragic day to discredit the aspirations of millions of Americans.”
Trump has yet to announce whether he will run for president in 2024. During the North Carolina event, he told the audience, “I’ll make a decision in the not-too-distant future, maybe sooner than people think. And I think they’re going to be very happy.”