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John Bolton claims only two issues matter in Trump’s VP decision

As former President Donald Trump narrows the field of his would-be nominees, a senior official from his former administration says he only gets to ask each candidate two questions before making his decision.

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton told us CNN’s Kaitlan Collins on Tuesday that he thinks the questions most important to the presumptive GOP nominee are: “No. 1, do you think the 2020 election was stolen? And No. 2: “If I told you to do what I told Mike Pence to do on January 6, would you do it?'”

It has been widely reported that three names remain in play for the Republican VP slot: Sen. JD Vance of Ohio, Gov. Doug Burgum of North Dakota and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. Vance and Burgum are considered the frontrunners with Rubio more of a long shot.

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Former President Trump’s veepstakes has apparently narrowed itself down to three candidates: North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, Ohio Senator JD Vance and Florida Senator Marco Rubio. (Left: Joe Raedle/Getty Images; Center: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images; Right: Saul Martinez/Getty Images)

The former cabinet member said the right answers could move any of those candidates up in Trump’s opinion, but said at a personal cost, “it would be a huge loss of integrity for either of these people if they said ‘Yes’ to both those questions,” Bolton said.

“I think the top priority is absolute personal loyalty to him,” Bolton said of Trump, reminding viewers that while former Vice President Mike Pence was loyal to the former president, Pence was Jan. 6, 2021, when Trump supporters descended to the Capitol. the only person among senior members of the administration to stand up to Trump, saying he did “the right thing even when the rest of them failed.”

He went on to say of the current VP hopefuls, “I don’t know if these three are capable of doing it, frankly.”

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Former U.S. President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a Buckeye Values ​​PAC rally in Vandalia, Ohio, on March 16, 2024. (KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Trump has indicated that he will announce his choice as vice presidential candidate at next week’s Republican National Convention. The former president even said he has a good idea who it will be.

Bolton thinks his former boss should not make the announcement at the RNC next week while Biden’s campaign is still dealing with the question of his mental fitness and ability to lead the country, let alone beat his predecessor in a general election.

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“There’s no news coming out of the Republican National Convention, other than the nomination of the vice president. Why waste it in a week when Democrats might still be talking about whether Joe Biden is qualified to be president,” Bolton said.

While it’s widely believed that Vance or Burgum will be the former president’s choice, Bolton cautioned, “I think what we have to remember with Trump is that it’s never final until it’s final and sometimes it’s still not final. ”

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