Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R-AR) declined on Sunday to endorse her former boss, former President Donald Trump, for president in 2024.
The newly-sworn in governor was asked on “Fox News Sunday” with host Shannon Bream whether she planned on backing Trump in his next presidential run.
“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 praised the former president but stopped short of endorsing him.
“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 pressed Sanders on whether she had a timeline for making a decision or if there was someone else that she wanted to see get into the primary.
“My focus isn’t on 2024,” Sanders answered. “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.”
Bream also pressed Sanders on her own ambitions, asking her if she has felt the “pressure of future speculation” since becoming governor.
“I feel the pressure of delivering this legislative session,” Sanders said. “That’s the only thing that our team, and that I am focused on, is delivering on what we laid out to do.”
Sanders made news waves after being sworn in last week over some executive orders that she signed aimed at removing leftist initiatives inside the state’s government.
Sanders signed an executive order banning the use of “Latinx” in government documents because it is “culturally insensitive” to the Latino community.
Sanders also signed an executive order targeting leftist indoctrination in schools, specifically Critical Race Theory, which the order described as “antithetical to the traditional American values of neutrality, equality, and fairness.”