Trump praises Ramaswamy as VP contender but warns about controversial speech; shared stances and Israel aid views spark debates, while debate performance draws DeSantis comparisons.
Trump Admires Ramaswamy
Former President Donald Trump has publicly admired Vivek Ramaswamy, suggesting that the 38-year-old entrepreneur could be a strong contender for the vice presidential position.
Trump also cautioned the Indian-American entrepreneur to temper some contentious rhetoric.
The once relatively unknown Ramaswamy has recently surged into the spotlight as a vibrant anti-establishment figure in the Republican primary, a rise that has not escaped the attention of the party’s front-running candidate, someone Ramaswamy has staunchly supported.
“He’s a Very, Very, Very Intelligent Person”
In an interview with Glenn Beck on BlazeTV, Trump shared his thoughts: “He’s a very, very, very intelligent person. He’s got good energy, and he could be some form of something.”
He expressed his approval of the notion of “Vice President Ramaswamy.” Trump said, “I tell you, I think he’d be very good.”
Trump also advised Ramaswamy to be cautious with his statements, noting, “He’s starting to get out there a little bit. He’s getting a little bit controversial. I got to tell him, ‘Be a little bit careful. Some things you have to hold in just a little bit, right?'”
They Align on Several Key Issues
Ramaswamy’s political stances notably align with Trump’s on several key issues.
He advocates for eliminating the Department of Education and supports military action against Mexican drug cartels.
He has proposed maintaining Ukraine’s current borders while allowing Russia to control the Donbas region on the condition that Ukraine refrains from NATO membership and Russia severs ties with China.
During a campaign event in Iowa, Ramaswamy underscored the significance of safeguarding Taiwan from China, suggesting a reassessment once the US achieves semiconductor independence.
“Our Relationship With Israel Will Never Be Stronger Than by the End of My First Term”
Ramaswamy’s stance on US aid to Israel has sparked substantial debate.
Nikki Haley, former UN Ambassador, accused him of wanting to cease funding to Israel during a Republican debate.
In response, Ramaswamy vehemently asserted the robustness of the U.S.-Israel relationship, stating, “Our relationship with Israel will never be stronger than by the end of my first term. But it’s not a client relationship, it is a friendship. And you know what friends do? Friends help each other stand on their own two feet.”
When Israel Receives the US’s $38 Billion Aid Package They Might Not Require Further Assistance
A noteworthy controversy arose when Ramaswamy referred to Nikki Haley by her birth name on his website, challenging her assertions about his Israel stance.
He also conveyed on Russell Brand’s Rumble channel that by 2028, when the US’s $38 billion aid package to Israel concludes, Israel might not require further assistance.
“Skinny Guy With a Funny Last Name”
During a debate, Ramaswamy introduced himself as the “skinny guy with a funny last name” and engaged in spirited exchanges with political figures like former Vice President Mike Pence, Haley, and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
His performance captured attention, with a Daily Mail poll indicating a tie between him and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for the top position.
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Source: The Hill