Trump says he'd consider Florida Gov Ron DeSantis to be his running mate as he's 'great guy' in dig at ex-VP Mike Pence

DONALD Trump has said he would consider Florida Governor Ron DeSantis as his running mate in 2024 as he snubs ex-Vice President Mike Pence.

The former president, 74, said on Monday that fellow Republican DeSantis is a "great guy" who he "would certainly consider" as his VP.

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When asked on Fox Business if he would consider GOP-favorite DeSantis as his VP should he run again, Trump replied: "Sure I would."

Acknowledging there are "numerous people that are great," Trump added: "I would certainly consider Ron. I was at the beginning of Ron.

"I was the first one to endorse him when he came out as a congressman that a lot of people didn’t know and my endorsement helped him tremendously and I know him very well. He’s a great guy.”

Without confirming a 2024 run Trump added Monday: "We have other great people, I mean you look at some of the people, the Republican people, that have done a great job with states."

Trump has teased running for president again in 2024 but has not yet announced a formal decision.

His relationship with VP Pence soured after Capitol riot on January 6 when Trump supporters we heard chanting 'hang Mike Pence”.

Pence had refused to support a movement to overturn the 2020 election results and admitted last week he does not know he will "ever see eye to eye" with Trump over the "dark" day.

An early poll puts Trump as the favorite among Republican voters, with DeSantis coming in second.

But Trump did call a run for congress in 2022 "highly unlikely".

In the same interview Monday he said that Bitcoin is a "scam against the dollar" that needs "very, very high regulation."

"Bitcoin, it just seems like a scam," Trump said. "I don’t like it because it’s another currency competing against the dollar … I want the dollar to be the currency of the world. That’s what I’ve always said."

Following his comments, Bitcoin's value appeared to fall by over 1.3percent, from $36,472 to $35,973 in just one hour.

He also called out Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg after his ban on the site was extended, saying: "ou know, Zuckerberg would come to the White House to have dinner with me, couldn't have been nicer."

On Saturday Trump railed against the "radical left" and the "corrupt" 2020 election at the North Carolina’s annual state Republican Party convention, in his first major return to the political stage.

Trump, who won North Carolina in the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections, used the speech to blast Joe Biden over immigration and for "bowing down to China" during his first four months in office.

He portrayed the upcoming midterm elections as the battle for America's survival in his fiery speech.

Before taking to the stage, Trump vowed to take back the White House and the Senate "sooner than you think" in a video posted ahead of his comeback speech.

He said: "We’re gonna take back the Senate, take back the House, we’re gonna take back the White House… and sooner than you think.

"It’s going to be really something special but the love and the affection and the respect that you’ve given all of us, it’s really important."

But many viewers appeared preoccupied with claims Trump was wearing a diaper or had his pants on backwards with many sharing pictures online.

Trump last month teased a return to politics, telling The Dan Bongino Show "we're going to make you very happy" when asked whether he is considering rerunning in 2024.

And speaking to conservative talk show host Joe Pags Trump said his decision to run or not in the 2024 presidential election will "most likely" come after the 2022 midterm elections.

He said: "I don't know exactly when I can say it but it's something I am very very strongly considering.

"Everybody wants me to do it, the polls are all saying I have to do it. I will be making a decision maybe before but possibly more likely right after the 2022 election."

Trump's last significant public speech was in February at the CPAC convention

He’s still banned from Twitter and Facebook, and his blog shut down this week.

The New York Attorney General's office announced in May the Trump Organization is under an active criminal investigation.

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