VIDEO: Trump Defends Kristi Noem

( – Following widespread condemnation, former President Donald Trump defended South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem against mounting criticism over her book.

Watch the video further down this post.

In a conversation on “The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show,” Trump commented, “I think she’s terrific. A couple of rough stories, there’s no question about it.”

He specifically referred to the incident with Noem’s dog, noting, “The dog story, people hear that, and people from different parts of the country probably feel a bit differently, but that’s a tough story. She had a bad week. We all have bad weeks.”

The uproar began after Noem disclosed in her memoir that she had to shoot her 14-month-old dog, Cricket, describing the pet as “untrainable” and “dangerous.”

This revelation has sparked widespread criticism from both sides of the political aisle, with some Republicans even advising Trump against choosing Noem as his vice-presidential candidate.

On the podcast, Trump suggested that the controversial details in Noem’s memoir might have been the result of poor assistance from ghostwriters, stating that sometimes, when people write books, they choose a person to write them, and maybe they do not read the books carefully.

“You have ghostwriters, too. They help you, and they, in this case, didn’t help too much,” he added.

Despite the negative publicity, Trump’s comments suggested that Noem may still be in the running for a vice-presidential spot on his ticket.

Moreover, Trump has several potential candidates to consider, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, and Ohio Senator JD Vance. Yet, he has not publicly committed to any one individual as his running mate.

The selection of his vice-presidential candidate is crucial, especially in terms of fundraising as the election nears.

According to a recent Politico report, Trump’s campaign disclosed that it raised over $76 million in April alone.

At the Qatar Economic Forum, GOP megadonor Ken Griffin mentioned he would wait to see who Trump selects as his running mate before deciding whether to contribute to the campaign.

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