(DCWatchdog.com) – The newly inaugurated Republican Governor of Arkansas, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who served as former President Donald Trump’s White House press secretary, has refused to endorse his 2024 presidential candidacy.
When asked on Fox News Sunday whether she supports Trump’s return to the White House, Sanders avoided giving a direct answer.
“My focus right now has been on 2022, winning the election in November, preparing through transition, and getting ready to take office, as I did this past week,” she responded.
“I love the president [Trump]. I have a great relationship with him. I know our country will be infinitely better off if he was in office right now instead of Joe Biden,” Sanders elaborated.
Last week, Trump’s former press secretary was sworn in as the first female governor of Arkansas. She is the daughter of former Arkansas Governor and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.
“Right now, my focus isn’t 2024, it’s focusing here, in Arkansas, in 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,” Sanders stated.
She was pressed by Fox News’s Shannon Bream on her 2024 presidential endorsement, whether it would depend on other potential candidates entering the GOP nomination race.
“Again, my focus isn’t on 2024. It’s on what we can deliver in this legislative session,” Sanders replied.
“I’m not going to set an arbitrary timeline. I’m not really focused on that at all, but focused on what we can do to impact change and deliver on the promises that we made during the campaign season here in Arkansas,” she added.
Sanders was also asked to comment on media speculations that she could be the 2024 vice presidential running mate to either Donald Trump or Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis – if the latter won the Republican nomination.
She again averted giving a straightforward answer, insisting that the pressure she was feeling was to fulfill her gubernatorial campaign promises to the people of Arkansas. She also vowed to serve as governor for a second term if reelected.
“That’s the only thing that our team and that I am focused on is delivering on what we laid out to do. And I look forward to serving as governor of Arkansas for a full eight years if the people of Arkansas will give me that privilege and that opportunity,” Sanders declared.
“That’s the only thing I’m spending my time focused on right now,” added the new Arkansas governor, who was the White House press secretary for two years – from July 2017 until June 2019.
— New York Post (@nypost) January 15, 2023