Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) has become a presence not just on former President Donald Trump’s 2024 campaign trail but also on some early vice presidential short lists should Trump secure the Republican nomination.
Donalds, 44, told Breitbart News he would “of course” be open to the job if Trump were to offer it.
“If it came up? Oh yeah, of course, because you have the opportunity to do really powerful things for the country and really help shape the country,” Donalds said. “But I’m a member of Congress. I just do my job. I let everybody else speculate on the other stuff.”
Having gone from being raised by a single mother in Brooklyn’s inner city to becoming one of five black Republicans in Congress, Donalds is widely viewed as a rising star among his party.
The Florida Republican has a deep background in finance and banking that has landed him a spot on the Financial Services Committee, and he has joined in on congressional Republicans’ most high-profile probe, that of the Biden family’s business dealings, by way of the Oversight Committee.
In May, Donalds appeared on a CNN panel after Trump’s heated town hall with the outlet, delivering what appeared to be his party’s de facto response to the ordeal. Donalds said moderator Kaitlan Collins spent “more time interjecting her own viewpoints” during the event. Upon being interrupted, Donalds fired back, “Are you guys now going to interject your opinions on me or do I get a chance?”
Later that month Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) wrote on social media, “Retweet this if you think my friend [Byron Donalds] would make a great choice for Vice President.”