NEWS: Vivek Ramaswamy spotted at Mar-a-Lago as Trump veep buzz swirls
Donald Trump and former GOP presidential foe Vivek Ramaswamy were all smiles together at the Mar-A-Lago Trumpettes gala Saturday night — sending netizens into a frenzy amid veepstakes rumors.
Ramaswamy, 38, and his wife Apoorva were spotted entering the gala together with the 77-year-old former president and former first lady Melania Trump at the “Golden Evening for a Golden President” event.
“Vivek is here. He’s smart. He’s sharp. I was happy to get him the hell out of the race. And as soon as he got out, he endorsed me. And he’s got a tremendous future,” Trump exulted as he welcomed Vivek onto the stage Saturday evening.
“He’s young, and he’s smart. Melania and I were just saying, ‘You don’t get sharper than this.’ “
A smiling Ramaswamy quickly took to the podium and returned praise on Trump, warning that “we’re in the middle of a war in this country” and need him back in the White House.
Ramaswamy rattled off a handful of hot-button issues such as inflation and the border, while contending that Trump is best equipped to tackle them.
During his roughly 11-month bid for the presidency in the 2024 GOP cycle, Ramawamy billed himself as a hardcore MAGA acolyte keen on moving Trump’s agenda ahead. He rarely criticized Trump.
Since exiting the race, he has joined the former president on the campaign stump and has kept the door open to being Trump’s vice presidential candidate.
“It’s gotta be who is going to be a good president. You always have to think that,” Trump told Fox Business Network’s “Sunday Morning Futures” earlier this month, referring to his vice presidential pick. “I have a lot of good people. We have a lot of really good people.”
Trump also name-dropped Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem in that interview, while teasing that he won’t make that decision public for a “while.”