Sarah Huckabee Sanders Sidesteps 2024 Questions

( One of former President Donald Trump’s White House press secretaries has said that, for now, she won’t be committing to supporting her one-time boss for the upcoming presidential campaign in 2024.

Republican Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was recently sworn in as the governor of Arkansas, appeared on Fox News Sunday this past weekend. The anchor of the show, Shannon Bream, pressed Sanders about whether she thought she’d support Trump for president.

Bream asked Sanders:

“Your bio, on your official page as governor, describes you as a ‘trusted confidant of President Trump. Have you talked to him about his ’24 run? Will you endorse him in that?”

While Sanders went on and on in her praise for Trump, she stopped short of backing him for president. She said:

“I love the president, have a great relationship with him. I know our country would be infinitely better off if he was in office right now instead of Joe Biden.

“But, right now, my focus isn’t 2024. It’s focusing here in Arkansas and doing what we can to empower the people of this state, and make sure that I’m delivering on the promises that I laid out over the course of the last two years.”

Bream continued to press Sanders on the Trump situation, and whether she would like to have another candidate in the race going up against him. She continued to sidestep the question, though, saying once again:

“My focus isn’t on 2024. It’s on what we can deliver in this legislative session. I’m not going to set an arbitrary timeline. I’m not really focused on that at all.”

For one last chance, Bream tried to get an answer out of Sanders on whether she would back Trump. He even referenced a 2021 column in New York Magazine that said Sanders could be a potential running mate for Trump in a future run — or as a running mate for Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis.

Bream pressed:

“You’ve just gotten sworn in. Do you already feel the pressure of future speculation?”

Sanders wouldn’t take the bait, though, keeping the focus on her state of Arkansas. She said:

“I feel the pressure of delivering this legislative session. That’s the only thing that our team, and that I am focused on, is delivering on what we laid out to do.”

While viewers probably weren’t happy that Sanders wouldn’t give a direct answer, it is a savvy decision she made if she is indeed hoping to become a vice presidential running mate for one of the GOP candidates.

She certainly has a direct connection to Trump, as she used to work directly for him, but it’s possible she may be intrigued by the possibility of running along with DeSantis.

Either way, it pays Sanders not to tip her hat either way this early, especially since Trump is the only candidate from either major political party to officially announce a candidacy for 2024 president.