Burgum Praises Trump, Raises VP Speculation

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (R) praised former President Donald Trump during an interview this weekend, saying that he wished that more Americans could see the genuine side of Trump. The interview came as Burgum is high up on the list of potential vice presidential candidates.

Burgum told Fox News this weekend that he wished that “every American” could see how he and his wife Kathryn have seen him over the previous six months. Burgum called Trump “tireless, he’s committed, he’s smart, he’s funny, he’s nothing like he’s portrayed in the press.”

“And so if you asked me that same question today, I’d be like, ‘Absolutely, I would do business with him.’ Because think about how successful he’s been. Whatever it is, whether it’s in TV, real estate, politics, all the things he’s done, the guy knows how to get it done, and I think every American should be grateful that we got someone with that talent from the private sector that’s willing to put himself back into the presidential race again,” he said.

Burgum has emerged as one of the most stalwart defenders of the former president. He came to the New York courthouse where Trump was on trial as a sign of support.

Earlier this year the former president praised Burgum and said that he would play a significant role in another Trump administration.

Trump is also reportedly considering Burgum in part because of his appearance. The former president allegedly said that he wanted someone out of “central casting” and would look the part.

The former president said that he would choose his next running mate around the time of the Republican National Convention (RNC) next month. He has also previously stated that he knew who he would pick.

Over the weekend Trump praised another potential vice presidential pick Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL). Donalds introduced the former president during an outreach event to Black leaders in Detroit, Michigan.

During the former president’s comments, Trump said that Donalds was a potential pick for vice president.

The constitution bars both a presidential and vice presidential pick from being from the same state, which could cause issues with a potential Donalds pick. It could also cause a similar issue should Trump want to choose Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).