In a move that could be a game-changer for his vice presidential vetting process, former GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson has left Donald Trump’s VP selection team.
According to The Daily Beast, Carson will supposedly be reassigned as a liaison to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, meeting with the speaker before the speaker’s scheduled meeting with Trump on Thursday.
While the retired neurosurgeon has denied it, some speculate that the move might be the first indication that Carson is under serious consideration as Trump’s running mate.
“What Trump wanted from Carson were names of who he would recommend for a potential candidate,” Armstrong Williams, Carson’s business manager, told reporters.. “He was among several other people making recommendations.
“Once those names were submitted, they decided to have Lewandowski head up (the search committee),” Williams said, referring to Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
“It’s passed off to him. That vetting process is a long process and a tedious process. Now Carson is involved in making sure that everything goes well with Thursday’s meeting.”
Speculation quickly emerged that Carson had been taken off the committee because he was a top choice for the VP spot. Carson had previously indicated that he was uninterested in taking the second spot on the ticket.
“I’m not interested in doing that for a number of reasons,” he told reporters last week. “I don’t want to be a distraction. I’m sure you remember how crazy the media was about me. It’s too important a time in our life.”
However, Williams confirmed that Carson and Trump remained close, leaving few other conclusions to be drawn from his sudden departure from the committee.
“I do know that Dr. Carson and Trump have become very trusted allies; brothers,” Williams said. “They confide in each other.”
“Dr. Carson is carrying the weight of this on his shoulders,” he said about the meeting with Ryan. “Because Trump trusts him and the speaker trusts him.”
Could Ben Carson be Trump’s VP choice? With all the speculation, this seems to be the first concrete proof that Trump is moving toward a definite pick.
H/T The Hill
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