After cruising to a landslide victory in the Iowa caucus, Donald Trump revealed he would like former GOP presidential candidate and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum in his administration.
“You need controversy for traction sometimes. This guy is the most solid guy. There’s no controversy whatsoever. He’s one of the best governors in our country, and I that I’m going to be able to call on him to be a piece of the administration. A very important piece of the administration,” Trump said.
Trump: I want Doug Burgum in my administration. pic.twitter.com/gJ068wtPdR
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🚨New: Donald Trump just said North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum will be an important part of his next administration in some form of capacity. pic.twitter.com/uOUeMrGOI1
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Trump teases ex-rival Doug Burgum could hold 'important' admin role after Iowa winhttps://t.co/J4kfWnhcpe
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Fox News reports:
Former President Trump praised ex-rival North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum on an Iowa stage Monday night, promising him an “important” role in the next administration.
Trump, who swept all but one of Iowa’s 99 counties during the first in the nation caucuses Monday, has yet to announce his choice of a 2024 running mate.
“Doug Burgum from North Dakota, the governor and his beautiful wife, Catherine, and he got out of the race,” Trump said following his projected Iowa win, addressing the North Dakota governor on stage beside him. Burgum notably suspended his 2024 campaign in December, just six months after launching his dark horse presidential bid.
“What people don’t know is that he actually supported me on the other side twice already. Right?” Trump said of Burgum.
“President Trump is going to win the Republican nomination and it’s not going to be close. Joe Biden is wrong on energy, wrong on the economy, and wrong on national security. President Trump will put America back on track!” Burgum said.
President Trump is going to win the Republican nomination and it’s not going to be close. Joe Biden is wrong on energy, wrong on the economy, and wrong on national security. President Trump will put America back on track! pic.twitter.com/FbWqrf6Dww
— Doug Burgum (Text "DOUG" to 70177) (@DougBurgum) January 15, 2024
CBS News added:
North Dakota Republican Gov. Doug Burgum endorsed Donald Trump for president on the eve of the Iowa caucuses after dropping his own bid for the presidency last month.
Burgum, who became the first of Trump’s former GOP rivals to endorse him for president, joined Trump on stage at a campaign rally Sunday.
“Four years ago, I was speaking on behalf of President Trump at the Iowa caucuses in Sioux City, and today, I’m here to do something that none of the other presidential primary candidates have done,” Burgum said. “And that’s endorse Donald J. Trump for the president of the United States of America.”
Burgum dropped out of the race after struggling with the Republican National Committee’s debate requirements. He was able to qualify for the first and second debates, but failed to qualify for the third one. Two days before the fourth debate, the governor announced he was suspending his campaign.
“The RNC’s clubhouse debate requirements are nationalizing the primary process and taking the power of democracy away from the engaged, thoughtful citizens of Iowa and New Hampshire,” Burgum said in ending his candidacy.
Burgum is a social conservative, who has signed into law a six-week abortion ban and legislation to restrict transgender rights. He’s also a fiscal hawk who has cut state spending while enacting the largest tax cut in North Dakota history.