Peter Navarro, one of former President Donald Trump’s White House advisors, offered his opinion on who Trump should choose as his running mate in 2024.

Navarro claimed that Trump should try to pick a VP candidate early and highlighted “high-probability targets” like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and saying Trump should stay away from “danger zone losers like Nikki Haley, Ted Cruz, and Josh Hawley.”

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Navarro also urged his former boss to pick someone who is “not just MAGA-sympatico but a true populist economic nationalist cut from the same cloth.”

He also added that beside DeSantis, Trump’s former Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, would make a candidate to run with.

He also emphatically weighed in on who he thinks should not be considered a running mate for Trump,  sharply criticizing Trump’s Vice President Mike Pence, saying he is an “et tu Brute RINO.” He also slammed Nikki Haley, calling her “ever-dangerous,” and Senator Ted Cruz, who he said was a “good ‘conservative’ in the narrow sense but simply does not have MAGA in his DNA.”

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Navarro rounded out his list of “losers” with Senators Josh Hawley and Tom Cotton, adding that Cotton lacked “the charisma and charm to campaign effectively as a vice president.”

Navarrro believes that Gov. DeSantis joining a Trump ticket before the primary would “likely clear the entire Republican field,” and make the pair “unstoppable.”

Navarro explained:

“DeSantis should see the wisdom of accepting such an offer from Trump as it would similarly clear the field for DeSantis in 2028 and usher in what would likely be the beginning of an eight-year run of DeSantis as president through 2036. Memo to Ron: patience is as patience does. Memo to the boss: lead with intelligence and not your chin on this one. A Trump-DeSantis ticket would indeed be a juggernaut.”

Ron DeSantis via Flickr / Gage Skidmore

Trump and DeSantis have both been campaigning lightly with neither officially declaring a 2024 Presidential run.  According to speculation in the media and inside Trump’s world, the former President is looking to announce his run to take back the White House early to get ahead of growing criticism against him as the testimony from the House Select Committee investigating Jan. 6, 2021 grows increasingly damning for Trump and his inner circle.


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