Ramaswamy Will Not Join Trump Administration, ‘Not A Plan B Person’

Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy has declared that he would not serve in a hypothetical second Trump administration, noting that he does not have a “plan B” to fall back on if his presidential campaign does not succeed.

Ramaswamy, who many see as another Trump-like figure, is among several other candidates trailing far behind former President Donald Trump by a massive margin in the 2024 Republican presidential primary.

While the other candidates in the race — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R), and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) — have all repeatedly attacked Trump on the campaign trail, Ramaswamy has positioned himself as an ally and admirer of the former president.

Ramaswamy has complimented Trump throughout the GOP primary campaign, including during the first debate when he deemed Trump “the best president of the 21st century.”

“I respect Trump and his accomplishments for this country,” he added. “Unlike a lot of the other candidates, I’m not sitting here Monday morning quarterbacking some decision he made.”

However, Ramaswamy has repeatedly insisted that he would not take a position in Trump’s White House if the former president were to win a second term.

His latest comments came during an interview with Fox News, where he discussed his success as an entrepreneur and how that effects the way he runs his campaign.

“I didn’t get to where I am; I’m 38 years old, I’ve founded multiple multi-billion dollar companies, and we’re blessed with the American dream to be able to self-finance and lift this campaign up. I didn’t get to where I am, and Apoorva didn’t get to where she is by being plan B people,” Ramaswamy said, mentioning his wife.

He also declared that he is confident heading into the Iowa caucus, which is scheduled for January 15.

“I’m actually confident we’re going to over-deliver massively at the Iowa caucus,” Ramaswamy said.

“Many of the people supporting us are first-time caucus-goers, some of them young people, some of them America-first patriots or libertarians who haven’t thought of themselves as traditional Republicans who are coming out in droves,” the conservative entrepreneur added. “I think we’re going to have a major surprise on January 15.”

Meanwhile, Trump previously stated back in August that he would be open to offering Ramaswamy a position in his administration, even as a vice presidential running mate. Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson, a Trump ally who many believe will be the former president’s VP pick, also expressed support for Ramaswamy as Trump’s running mate during a recent Turning Point USA summit.