Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to endorse Donald Trump when pressed by a Fox News anchor about if she planned to do so.
Sanders rose to national prominence while serving as Trump’s White House press secretary.
“Your bio, on your official page as Governor, describes you as a ‘trusted confidant of President Trump,’” Fox host Shannon Bream asked. “Have you talked to him about his ’24 run? Will you endorse him in that?”
Sanders had many kind words for the former president — but stopped short of an endorsement.
“I love the president, have a great relationship with him,” Sanders said. “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 continued to press Sanders about a potential endorsement.
“What kind of timeline would you have for making a decision?” Bream asked. “Do you want to see who else gets into the primary? Will you wait for the nominee?”
“My focus isn’t on 2024,” Sanders said. “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 continued by bringing up an article from 2021 in which Sanders was discussed as a possible VP pick.
“You’ve just gotten sworn in,” Bream said. “Do you already feel the pressure of future speculation?”
“I feel the pressure of delivering this legislative session,” Sanders said, dryly. “That’s the only thing that our team, and that I am focused on, is delivering on what we laid out to do.”