Former President Donald Trump said Mike Pence owes him the vice presidential pick and should support his run for president after his former No. 2 dropped out of the race on Saturday.
Trump complained during his speech in Las Vegas, Nevada that he was disappointed by the lack of loyalty in politics.
Pence made a shocking announcement earlier Saturday at the Republican Jewish Coalition summit, saying he was withdrawing from the 2024 Republican nomination contest.
Trump spoke at the same event – and held a caucus event on the Las Vegas Strip later in the day from the Venetian Conference Center at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country.
In his second speech of the day, Trump said the former vice president should now endorse his third presidential bid, despite a bitter dispute in the final days of 2020.
Donald Trump says former Vice President Mike Pence should support him now that he has dropped out of the 2024 presidential race
Pence served as Trump’s vice president during his only term in office. Now Trump says his ex-No. 2 should support his offer despite their bitter dispute in the last days of the government
“You know, people are leaving now and everyone is supporting me,” Trump said. “I don’t know anything about Mike Pence.”
“He should support me, do you know why? “Because I had a very successful presidency and he was the vice president,” the former president added. “He should force me. I selected him and made him vice president. But people in politics can be very disloyal. I’ve never seen anything like it.’
Referring to some others who have dropped out of the race, such as conservative radio host Larry Elder, Trump said, “Everyone who’s leaving seems to be supporting me.”
Pence said Saturday that he was dropping out of the 2024 presidential race after it became increasingly clear that he could not win the Republican nomination.
“You know, we always knew this was going to be a tough fight. “But I have no regrets,” Pence assured.
He added: “The only thing that would have been harder than coming up short would have been if we hadn’t tried at all.”
Trump said that there are people who “have what it takes” to become president and said he would “someday” share those he believes are up to the task – but did not say that Pence be one of them.
Former Vice President Mike Pence made a shocking announcement Saturday at the Republican Jewish Coalition Summit that he would end his run for president in 2024
Pence said he originally launched his campaign in June because the U.S. was in “big trouble.”
However, he said now is not the time to step in and help.
“The Bible tells us that there is a season for every purpose under heaven,” Pence said at the conclusion of his speech at the Venetian Conference Center on the Vegas Strip.
“As I’ve traveled around the country over the last six months, I’ve come here to say: I’ve realized this is not my time,” the former vice president said to awestruck reactions from the crowd.
He announced, “After much prayer and consideration, I have decided to suspend my presidential candidacy effective today.”
During his remarks about his resignation, Pence received several prolonged standing ovations from thousands of Jewish Republicans who gathered in Las Vegas on Saturday to listen to the 2024 GOP candidates’ speech.
“Thanks, Mike,” one participant was heard shouting.
Pence invited his wife and former second lady Karen Pence (left) to the stage Saturday to thank his campaign team and family for their support of his presidential bid
Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley was two speakers behind Pence at the RJC summit on Saturday — and she had some kind words for her now-former rival.
“A special point for Vice President Mike Pence – he was a good man of faith, he was a good man of service.” “He fought for America and he fought for Israel, and we all owe him a debt of gratitude,” said the 2024 hopeful at the beginning of her speech.
Pence was moved as he spoke to a crowd that gave him love and announced that he was resigning.
“I say to the American people: This is not my time, but it is still your time,” he said. “I urge you to hold fast to what matters most – faith, family and the Constitution of the United States of America.”
“Let me thank you all for the opportunity to serve as your vice president. It was the greatest honor of my life.’