Florida Congressman Byron Donalds has been a vocal supporter of President Trump since he came into office in 2021.
Even though he hasn’t said anything to indicate that he is interested in being the vice president, Donalds appeared to keep the door open on serving as President Trump’s vice president if the 45th president wins in 2024, saying he “wants to do whatever I can to get our country back on track.”
🚨 Byron Donalds is asked if he would accept a role as Vice Presidential candidate on the 2024 with Donald Trump pic.twitter.com/gdeaymEfFf
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) October 29, 2023
From The Hill:
During an appearance on Fox News, Donalds was asked whether he would accept the vice president position if Trump asked him to be his partner.
Donalds said, “With respect to being potentially on the ticket, that’s really up to the president.”
“I have no control over that,” Donalds said. “The only thing I will say is, I just want to do whatever I can to get our country back on track. That’s what I have always been committed to.”
Donalds endorsed Trump’s White House bid in April, arguing the former president is the “one leader” who can get the U.S. “back on track.”
He also said that more Black Americans are saying “we gotta have Trump back.”
“More and more Black Americans are saying we gotta have Trump back.” pic.twitter.com/5NK9C8sFrD
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) October 29, 2023
An endorsement from Donalds, who hails from Florida, was notable as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, fights for the chance to be the top alternative to Trump in the Republican presidential primary.
Donalds’s comments come nearly a week after he dropped out of the GOP Speaker’s race during multiple rounds of voting last week.
House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) clinched the nomination, but he dropped out hours later when it became apparent he could not shore up the 217 votes needed to take the gavel.
Now-Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) went on to secure the GOP nomination and was elected last Wednesday as the 56th Speaker of the House.
His election capped off more than three weeks of turmoil and GOP infighting since the historic ousting of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)
.@SpeakerJohnson will do a tremendous job leading the House of Representatives.
With Mike, you have a man of impeccable character, integrity, & our conference is proud to rally around him.
Under Speaker Johnson we are back to work, doing our jobs, & serving the American people. pic.twitter.com/3cZvGs6XSF
— Congressman Byron Donalds (@RepDonaldsPress) October 29, 2023
“For Speaker Mike Johnson, I am happy for him. He’s going to do a tremendous job leading the House of Representatives,” Donalds said Sunday. “You have a man of impeccable character, impeccable integrity, and the members have rallied around him. And we’re going to get back to work and do our jobs.”