South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem isn’t ruling out a 2024 White House bid unless former President Donald Trump jumps in the running.
“I think he’s going to run. And if President Trump does run, I’ll support him,” Noem told chief Washington correspondent Maj. Garrett on this week’s episode of “The Takeout.”
Noem has long supported the former president and is widely seen as a potential running mate should Trump win the Republican nomination a third time.
But she takes issue with Trump’s brash and often misleading approach to politics that relies heavily on personal insults from perceived enemies.
“I can’t fix that about him. I’ve said many, many times that’s one of the things I don’t appreciate about him,” Noem said, praising him for his handling of the pandemic. of COVID.
In his state, Noem refused to implement mask mandates, social distancing or vaccine requirements, setting South Dakota apart from the vast majority of states, but in accordance with. Two of the nation’s most prominent Republican governors, Greg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida, went further and banned private companies from imposing vaccine requirements. Noem said she disliked the vaccine requirements, but would not expand the government’s reach by intervening in private business affairs.
“I believe in personal freedom,” Noem said, adding that she has no regrets about her handling of the virus. South Dakota ranks in the middle of the pack for COVID deaths per capita.
Noem called COVID vaccines “incredibly unproven”, but revealed that she had been vaccinated. At this point, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 72% of Americans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The White House COVID Response Team continues to remind Americans that vaccination is the nation’s most important weapon against serious infections, hospitalizations and deaths.
“A lot of outcomes are not necessarily locked in and we still need to continue to see the lasting effects of what we develop and what we recommend,” Noem said.
Noem said she watched “very little” of the Jan. 6 committee hearings. “I don’t spend time watching these hearings.”
She said the attack on the Capitol was a “horrible day” and declined to say whether President Trump bore any responsibility for it. “I think there are aspects of this day that we should all use to examine ourselves. And I know President Trump did too.”
Noem criticized the structure of the House committee investigating the riot, made up of 7 Democrats and two Republicans. On whether high profile witnesses like former White House attorney Pat Ciopollone and former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson are telling the truth, Noem said, “I believe they would want to tell the truth there. -down.”
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