Arkansas’s new governor describes herself as a trusted Trump confidant but declined to say she would back his 2024 presidential bid.
Gov. Sarah Sanders (R-AR) appeared Sunday on the Fox News program “Fox News Sunday” with host Shannon Bream.
“Your bio, on your official page as Governor, describes you as a ‘trusted confidant of President Trump,’” Bream said. “Have you talked to him about his ’24 run? Will you endorse him in that?”
Sanders is the daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. She became the first female White House Press Secretary when appointed during the Trump administration.
“I love the president, have a great relationship with him,” Sanders responded. “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 followed up, asking the newly installed governor if she had a timeline for making a decision or if she was waiting to see if someone she prefers more enters the primary.
“My focus isn’t on 2024,” replied Sanders. “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.”
The Fox host quizzed the Trump acolyte if she felt any pressure from speculation about her future political plans.
“I feel the pressure of delivering this legislative session,” Sanders answered. “That’s the only thing that our team, and that I am focused on, is delivering on what we laid out to do.”