Those who’ve worked for Trump — Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley — are in perhaps the toughest spot of all. Each would have to maneuver around the soon-to-be-former president after spending the last four years aligning themselves with him.
But some argue the three would benefit from the president freezing the 2024 field. Pence, Pompeo and Haley have used their roles in the administration to establish national profiles, build donor networks and deepen their ties to conservative activists. In the event Trump eventually decides not to run, they would start out a primary with advantages over others who are further behind organizationally…
“The prospect of a run by President Trump in 2024 will put a pall over other prospective candidates cultivating donors,” said Northern Virginia-based GOP contributor Bobbie Kilberg, who voiced eagerness for the party to move on from Trump.
It “perplexes me since we could have numerous excellent candidates who should not be put on hold for years,” she added.