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Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu
By Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu November 28, 2023

Donald Trump has not announced his 2024 vice presidential nominee

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  • Former President Donald Trump has not announced a running mate.

The Republican primaries have yet to start, but social media posts claim former President Donald Trump has already selected and revealed his 2024 vice presidential candidate.

"Trump has selected his pick for running mate — news stuns Republican Party," a Nov. 21 Facebook video’s caption reads. The video was also shared on YouTube.

"It looks like Donald Trump really has found his running mate," Carmine Sabia, host of "Explain America," said in the video. "Explain America" describes itself as a "counter-cultural" news outlet that "do(es) not claim to be without bias." PolitiFact has previously checked false claims by Sabia, whose "Explain America" Facebook page has 3.3 million followers. 

The video was flagged as part of Meta’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram.)

As evidence, Sabia played an audio clip of New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman responding to a question about Trump and former Fox News host Tucker Carlson potentially teaming up. Haberman said the pairing is "a real thing I am hearing as a possibility," but also noted, "the likelihood of it, I don’t know." 

PolitiFact asked Trump’s 2024 campaign for comment but received no reply.

Though Trump and his campaign may have internally chosen a vice presidential pick, nothing has been publicly announced on his campaign website or social media accounts. And although The New York Times recently explored who Trump might choose, we found no news reports that said he’d decided.

Running mate nominees are usually announced the summer before the November election, typically after a presidential candidate has become the presumptive nominee during the primaries. For example, during the 2016 election, Trump announced Mike Pence as his running mate in July 2016, after Trump became the de facto winner of the Republican presidential nomination in May.

The Republican Party’s presidential primaries will begin in 2024, and though Trump has a strong lead in many polls, he has not secured the party’s nomination.

Trump has previously said he would consider Carlson as a running mate because Carlson has "great common sense."

We rate the claim that "Trump has selected his pick for running mate (and the) news stuns Republican party" False.

Our Sources

HuffPost, Maggie Haberman dishes on 'Tucker Carlson as vice president' for Trump rumor, Nov. 21, 2023

The Independent, 2020 election explained: How and when is the VP chosen?, Jul. 29, 2020

NPR, Donald Trump clinches GOP nomination, May 26, 2016

The New York Times, Who would Donald Trump choose as his running mate?, Nov. 25, 2023

NBC News, It's official: Trump announces Mike Pence as VP pick, Jul. 15, 2016

The Hill, Trump says he’d consider Tucker Carlson as running mate, Nov. 9, 2023

Explain America website, accessed Nov. 27, 2023

Donald J. Trump website, accessed Nov. 27, 2023

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